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.
Amb. Chas W. Freeman, Jr., author of America's Misadventures in the Middle East, hit the headlines in the early weeks of the Obama administration when Director of National Intelligence Adm. Dennis C. Blair named him Chair of the National Intelligence Council, citing his "diverse background in defense, diplomacy and intelligence." News of Freeman's impending appointment met a firestorm of criticism from numerous strongly pro-Israeli commentators, who lambasted him for the view he had often expressed that the U.S. needed to maintain an even-handed stance between Israel and the Arab countries. In early March 2009, Freeman withdrew his name from consideration for the position and issued a statement, laying the blame for the campaign against him on a network of pro-Israel activists.
Miko Peled, author of The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, was born in Jerusalem in 1961 into a well-known Zionist family. His maternal grandfather signed the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father, Matti Peled, fought in the1948 Israeli War of Independence, and was a general in 1967 during the Six Day War when Israel conquered Gaza, the Golan Heights, the Sinai, and the West Bank. Later, General Peled became a peace activist, a leading proponent of an Israeli dialog with the PLO.
William B. Quandt
William B. Quandt, editor of Troubled Triangle: The United States, Turkey, and Israel in the New Middle East, is the Edward R. Stettinius Professor of Politics in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia where he teaches courses on the Middle East and American foreign policy. From 2000 to 2003, he also served as Vice Provost for International Affairs at the University.
Jonathan Randal, author of The Tragedy of Lebanon, had a long and distinguished career as a foreign correspondent for a number of great U.S. newspapers, culminating in appointments with The New York Times and (from 1969 through 1998) The Washington Post, where as senior foreign correspondent he reported from numerous war zones, including in Vietnam, Eritrea, Iran, and Lebanon.
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.