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  • Former Correspondent in Vienna for Agence France-Presse News Agency
    An American who has worked for Agence France-Presse news agency since 1980 with postings in Paris, Bangkok, Kuwait, Sarajevo, Bonn, Berlin and Vienna, Adler covered the uprising in Burma in 1988, the reconstruction of Kuwait after the first Gulf War, the war in Bosnia, the moving of the German capital from Bonn to Berlin and the fall of Mobutu in Zaire. He is currently a Public Policy Scholar at t...
  • Contributing Writer for Al-Monitol, Israel Pulse; Documentary Filmmaker
    Shlomi Eldar is a contributing writer for Al-Monitor’s Israel Pulse. For the past two decades, he has covered the Palestinian Authority and especially the Gaza Strip for Israel’s Channels 1 and 10, and has reported on the emergence of Hamas. In 2007, he was awarded the Sokolov Prize, Israel’s most important media award, for this work. He has published two books: Eyeless in Gaza (...
  •  Haleh Esfandiari is currently the Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. From 1995-1996, she was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Dr. Esfandiari has taught Persian language at Oxford University. She also taught Persian language, contemporary Persian literature as well as courses on the women's movement in Iran while at Princeton...
  • Poet, journalist, and writer; author of Assassins of the Turquoise Palace
    Writer and journalist, Roya Hakakian works in film and print. Her reportage has been featured on network television, including cbs 60 minutes. Her opinions and essays appear in time, the New York Times, and the NPR’s weekend edition among others. She also serves on the editorial board of World Affairs. Her poetry in Persian has been translated and appear in anthologies, including the Pen ant...
  • Senior Research Fellow Emeritus, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France
    Bernard Hourcade is a geographer, Senior Research Fellow, emeritus at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris).In Tehran he was Director of the Institut Français de Recherche en Iran IFRI (1978-1993), and later in Paris founder and director of the research center Monde iranien (1993-2003). Bernard Hourcade conducted numerous field researches with Iranian scholars about the social...
  • Visiting Research Professor, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore; Former Minister of Women’s Affairs in the Provisional Government of Tunisia
    Lilia Labidi, a Tunisian anthropologist and psychologist, has been professor at the University of Tunis and co-founder of the Association of Tunisian Women for Research  and Development  (AFTURD) and the Tunisian Association for Health Psychology.  She is the author of many publications on the Arab world, treating subjects such as the feminist movement, the construction of identity,...
  • Historian, analyst, negotiator, and former advisor to Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State on Arab-Israeli negotiations, 1978-2003.
    Aaron David Miller is currently the Vice President for New Initiatives and a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Between 2006 and 2008, he was a Public Policy Scholar when he wrote his fourth book The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace (Bantam, 2008). His other books include The Arab States and the Palestine Questi...
  • 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...

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