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The Evolving Palestinian Strategy


Nathan J. Brown is a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at The George Washington University, specializing in comparative politics of the Middle East. He also serves as a nonresident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Dr. Brown has conducted research for the United States Institute of Peace and has served as a member of the international advisory committees for drafting the Iraqi and Palestinian constitutions. He has consulted with various United States and international agencies and frequently briefed senior officials in the United States and Europe. Mr. Brown is the author of six books, including Participation, not Domination: Islamist Political Parties and Semiauthoritarian Politics in the Arab World and Palestinian Politics after the Oslo Accords and he has appeared in a number of notable publications including the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

David Makovsky is the Ziegler distinguished fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He is also an adjunct lecturer in Middle Eastern studies at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Before joining The Washington Institute, Mr. Makovsky was a journalist based in Israel for many years covering the peace process. He is the former executive editor of the Jerusalem Post, was diplomatic correspondent for Haaretz, and served for eleven years as the U.S. News and World Report Jerusalem correspondent. His many publications include Making Peace with the PLO: The Rabin Government's Road to the Oslo Accord and Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East.

Dr. Jonathan Schanzer is Vice President of Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He worked as a terrorism finance analyst at the US Department of the Treasury and for several other US-based think tanks. Dr. Schanzer recently testified before the House Foreign Relations Committee on US aid to the Palestinian Authority. Last year he published a monograph with FDD’s executive director Mark Dubowitz titled Palestinian Pulse: What Policymakers Can Learn From Palestinian Social Media. Using proprietary technology, the study surveyed thousands of Arabic language websites to reveal the trends, thoughts, and perceptions of Palestinians online, with a focus on those that could impact current US policies. In 2008, Dr. Schanzer published Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine, the only book on the market that analyzes the internecine conflict between the two most powerful Palestinian factions. His full bio is available here.


Clifford May is President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He has had a long and distinguished career in international relations, journalism, communications and politics. Mr. May spent nearly a decade with The New York Times as a reporter in both New York and Washington, an editor of The New York Times Sunday Magazine and as a foreign correspondent. He is a frequent guest on national and international television and radio news programs including CNN and MSNBC, providing analysis and participating in debates on national security issues. He writes a weekly column that is nationally distributed by Scripps Howard News Service and is a regular contributor to National Review Online, The American Spectator and other publications. His full bio is available here.