Susan Abulhawa, author of My Voice Sought the Wind, is from Jerusalem and currently lives in Pennsylvania. Her first novel, Mornings in Jenin (Bloomsbury 2010) was an international bestseller translated into 32 languages. She is a contributor to several anthologies, including Searching Jenin (Cune Press 2003), and Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home (Interlink 20013). Her political commentary has appeared in major press throughout the United States and international media outlets, including the New York Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Al Jazeera, among others.
Manan Ahmed, the author of Where the Wild Frontiers Are: Pakistan and the American Imagination, is a historian of Islam in South Asia who has been blogging at Chapati Mystery since 2004. His essays have appeared in The Nation, The Guardian, The National (UAE), Express Tribune, Pakistan Today, The Caravan (New Delhi), and many online media sites.
Laila El-Haddad, author of Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything In Between, is a talented blogger, political analyst, social activist, and parent-of-two from Gaza. She received her BA from Duke University and her MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She and her two young children spend as much time in Gaza as they can-- but her spouse, a Palestinian physician who grew up in a refugee camp in Lebanon, is not allowed by Israel to enter Gaza. He's an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins Medical School, so El-Haddad and their children spend much of their time with him in Maryland, too.
Joshua Foust, author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net, is a military analyst specializing in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and post-Soviet Central Asia. His writing, which covers military affairs, geopolitics, and strategic energy issues, has appeared in the New York Times, Reuters, the Christian Science Monitor, World Politics Review, and the Columbia Journalism Review. He blogs at Registan.net and is a regular contributor to PBS Need to Know and a contributing editor at Current Intelligence, a journal of opinion and analysis.
Chas W. Freeman, Jr.
Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr., author of America's Misadventures in the Middle East and Interesting Times: China, America, and the Shifting Balance of Prestige, served for three decades as a career diplomat, completing his government service with a term as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. During his career in government, he negotiated on behalf of the United States with over 100 foreign governments. Even after retiring from public service, Freeman continued to offer his critical, independent insight and analysis on issues of international relations, geopolitics, and U.S. foreign policy.
Dr. Yigal Kipnis, author of 1973: The Road to War, is an Israeli historian who has been a farmer and resident of the Golan Heights since 1978. Kipnis completed a BS in Civil Engineering from the Technion in Haifa and an MA and PhD in Land of Israel Studies from the University of Haifa. He teaches at the University of Haifa and researches the settlement geography and political history of Israel.
Rabbi Brant Rosen, author of Wrestling in the Daylight, serves a congregation in Evanston, IL. He is currently the co-chair of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council. He has served as President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and on the board of Rabbis for Human Rights--North America.
Maggie Schmitt, co-author of The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey, is a writer, researcher, translator, educator, and social activist. She holds a B.A. from Harvard in Literature and has conducted advanced graduate studies in Social Anthropology and Mediterranean Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Reidar Visser, author of A Responsible End? The United States and the Iraqi Transition, 2005-2010, is a research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. He has a background in history and comparative politics and holds a doctorate in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Oxford. He has published extensively on the history of southern Iraq and issues of decentralization and federalism relating to Iraq.
Matt Zeller, a native of Rochester, New York, is a consultant on alternative energy issues, working in northern Virginia. In his first book, Watches Without Time, Zeller gives a vivid description of what he experienced while serving as an embedded combat adviser with the Afghan security forces in Ghazni, Afghanistan, in 2008.
Rami Zurayk, author of Food, Farming and Freedom: Sowing the Arab Spring, and War Diary: Lebanon 2006, is an agronomy professor at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and a longtime activist for political and social justice. Born in Beirut during the 1958 U.S. Marines’ landing in Lebanon, he has witnessed two Israeli-Arab wars, one protracted civil war, one major Israeli invasion, one Israeli retreat and one Israeli defeat. He studied at AUB and at Oxford University. He has published over a hundred articles, monographs and technical reports on agriculture, food, environment and education.