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  • Middle East Specialist and Former Washington Post Correspondent
    David B. Ottaway received a BA from Harvard, magna cum laude, in 1962 and a PhD from Columbia University in 1972. He worked 35 years for The Washington Post as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe and later as a national security and investigative reporter in Washington before retiring in 2006. He has won numerous awards for his reporting at home and abroad and wa...
  • Former Senior Research Associate and Head of the Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Marina Ottaway is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and a long-time analyst of political transformations in Africa, the Balkans, and the Middle East. She is working on a project at the Wilson Center about the countries of the Arab Spring and Iraq. Ottaway joined the Wilson Center after 14 years at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, during which she played a central role in...
  • Professor of Public Policy and Administration, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, The American University in Cairo
  • Staff Writer for the Middle East, diplomacy, and national security, The Washington Post
  • Professor of Communication, University of Haifa, Israel.
    Gabriel Weimann is a Full Professor of Communication at the Department of Communication at Haifa University, Israel.  His research interests include the study of media effects, political campaigns, new media technologies and their social impact, persuasion and influence, media and public opinion, modern terrorism and the mass media. He published eight books: Communicating Unreality (Los Angel...
  • Journalist and Beirut Bureau Chief, The New York Times
  • Journalist and Author/Editor of eight books, most recently editor of "The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are"
    Robin Wright is a journalist, author and foreign policy analyst. She is currently a USIP Senior Fellow-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar. Her projects explore new trends in the Islamic world--the Arab revolts, the rise and fall of political Islam, and future of the Middle East, and new U.S.-Iran diplomacy.  She identifies issues that will define the next decade, when the Middle East’s tran...

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