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Rafael Bardaji

Rafael Bardaji is executive director of Friends of Israel Initiative. He served in 1996-2004 as Spain's National Security Advisor for Prime Minister Jose' Mari'a Aznar. He is an advisor to the Special Operation Forces HQ at NATO and since 2004 has worked as director of Foreign Policy at the Foundation for Analysis and Social Studies. Mr. Bardaji has provided consultancy work for NATO military commands, the Spanish armed forces, the Spanish intelligence service and defense contractors. A member of the Atlantic Council of the United States Strategic Advisory Group, he is the author of books and articles.

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Burak Bekdil

Burak Bekdil is an Ankara-based Turkish analyst. He has covered Turkey for the U.S. weekly Defense News since 1997. Previously, Bekdil worked as Ankara Bureau Chief for Dow Jones Newswires and CNBC-e television. He is frequently quoted in international media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Economist, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times. Contact: bbekdil@superonline.com

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Uzay Bulut

Uzay Bulut is a Turkish journalist and political analyst specializing in Turkey's ethnic and religious minorities, anti-Semitism, and political Islam. Her writings have appeared at the Gatestone Institute, the Clarion Project, Armenian Weekly, Israel Hayom, Jerusalem Post, the Kurdish newspaper Rudaw, International Business Times, and the Voice of America. She holds a B.A. in Translation and Interpreting Studies from Istanbul's Bogazici and a Master's degree in Media and Cultural Studies from Ankara's Middle East Technical University.

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A.J. Caschetta — Shillman/Ginsburg Writing Fellow

A.J. Caschetta is a senior lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he teaches English and Political Science. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University, where he studied the effects of the French Revolution and Reign of Terror on British society. After 9/11, he began focusing on the rhetoric of radical Islamists and on Western academic narratives explaining Islamist terrorism. He has written frequently for the Middle East Quarterly. Contact: ajcgsl@rit.edu

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Phyllis Chesler — Shillman/Ginsburg Writing Fellow

An analyst of gender issues in the Middle East, a psychotherapist and a feminist, Phyllis Chesler co-founded the Association for Women in Psychology in 1969, the National Women's Health Network in 1975, and is emerita professor of psychology at The City University of New York. She has published 15 books, most recently An American Bride in Kabul (2013) which won the National Jewish Book Award for 2013. Chesler's articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Middle East Quarterly, Encyclopedia Judaica, International Herald Tribune, National Review, New York Times, Times of London, Washington Post and Weekly Standard. Based on her studies about honor killings among Muslims and Hindus, she has served as an expert courtroom witness for women facing honor-based violence. Her works have been translated into 13 languages. Contact: Chesler may be reached through her website www.phyllis-chesler.com

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Daniel Doron — Shillman/Ginsburg Writing Fellow

Since 1983, Daniel Doron has promoted economic reforms in Israel through The Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress (ICSEP), a pro-market public policy think tank that he founded and directs. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called ICSEP "indispensable to the success" of Israel's economic reforms in recent years. The late Milton Friedman called Doron "consistently ... farsighted in his evaluation of the Israeli economy." Also a man of letters, Doron has also ventured into literature, film, and journalism. He has published in the Middle East Quarterly, National Review, New Republic, Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard, and elsewhere. Contact: Dorondun@netvision.net.il

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Mark Durie — Shillman/Ginsburg Writing Fellow

A theologian, human rights activist and pastor of an Anglican church, Rev. Mark Durie has published on the language and culture of the Acehnese (a Muslim people of Indonesia), Christian-Muslim relations, and religious freedom, with a particular focus on human rights and Shari'a, violence and Jihad, and religious persecution and dhimmitude. He holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Australian National University and is a graduate of the Australian College of Theology. Durie, who has addressed the Middle East Forum, has held visiting appointments at the University of Leiden, MIT, UCLA and Stanford, was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1992, and was awarded an Australian Centennial Medal in 2001. Contact: mark@markdurie.com

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Cynthia Farahat

As an Egyptian political activist, writer and researcher, Cynthia Farahat was under long-term surveillance by Egypt's State Security Intelligence Service before seeking political asylum in the United States in 2011. She was co-founder of the Misr El-Umm (2003-06) and the Liberal Egyptian (2006-08) parties, which stood for secularism, anti-Islamism, and peace with Israel. Farahat previously worked with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty in Cairo, the Center for Security Policy, and Coptic Solidarity. She has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and received an award from the Endowment for Middle East Truth and the Profiles in Courage Award from ACT for America. Farahat is co-author of two books in Arabic and, among other journals, has published in the Middle East Quarterly, National Review Online, and The Washington Times.

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Tarek Fatah — Robert J. and Abby B. Levine Fellow

Tarek S. Fatah is founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, a group committed to fighting Islamism and promoting the separation between religion and state. A columnist at Toronto Sun and host of a Sunday afternoon talk show on Toronto's NewsTalk1010 AM Radio, he is the author of two award-winning books: Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State and The Jew is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism. Contact: tarek.fatah@gmail.com

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Seth J. Frantzman

A journalist and analyst concentrating on the Middle East, Seth J. Frantzman has a PhD from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was an assistant professor at Al-Quds University. He is the Oped Editor and an analyst on Middle East Affairs at the The Jerusalem Post and his work has appeared at The National Interest, The Spectator, The Hill, National Review, The Moscow Times, and Rudaw. He is a frequent guest on radio and TV programs in the region and internationally, speaking on current developments in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere. As a correspondent and researcher has has covered the war on ISIS in Iraq and security in Turkey, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, the UAE and eastern Europe. Follow him on Twitter: @Sfrantzman

Michel Gurfinkiel — Shillman/Ginsburg Writing Fellow

A scholar of European Islamism, Turkey, and the Arab-Israeli conflict, Michel Gurfinkiel is founder and president of the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute, a Paris-based think tank, and a former editor-in-chief of Valeurs Actuelles, France's foremost conservative weekly magazine. A French national, he studied history and semitics at the Sorbonne and the French National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations. Gurfinkiel is author of eight books and a frequent contributor to American media, including the Middle East Quarterly, Commentary, PJMedia, Wall Street Journal, and Weekly Standard. Contact: michel.gurfinkiel@gmail.com

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Jeffrey Herf

Jeffrey Herf is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of History at the University of Maryland in College Park. He has published extensively on 20th century European and German history. His recent works include: Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World (Yale University Press, 2009), and The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust (Harvard University Press, 2006). He is currently completing a history of the antagonism to Israel on the part of Communist East Germany and the West German radical left from the Six Day War to the collapse of the East German regime in 1989-90. Contact: jherf@umd.edu

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Joseph M. Humire

Joseph M. Humire is executive director of the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS), a national security think tank based in Washington, D.C. He provides regular briefings and testimony to the U.S. Congress, Department of Defense, and intelligence community on Islamic terrorism, transnational organized crime, and emerging threats in Latin America. He is the author of Iran's Strategic Penetration of Latin America (2014) and a regular national security commentator for major Spanish-language media, including Univision, Telemundo, and CNN Espaol. Humire was previously the director of institute relations at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. He is a combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps with deployments to the Middle East and has a degree in Economics and Global Affairs from George Mason University.

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Raymond Ibrahim — Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow

A Middle East and Islam specialist who previously served as associate director of the Middle East Forum, Raymond Ibrahim is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). His writings have appeared in a variety of media, including the Middle East Quarterly, Chronicle of Higher Education, Jane's Islamic Affairs Analyst, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, and World Almanac of Islamism. He has appeared on Al-Jazeera, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, and Reuters. Ibrahim regularly lectures, briefs governmental agencies, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and testifies before Congress. He also is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution, 2013, and a CBN News analyst. Contact: Raymond@RaymondIbrahim.com

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Efraim Inbar — Shillman/Ginsburg Writing Fellow

An authority on Middle Eastern strategic affairs, Efraim Inbar is president of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, a professor emeritus of political studies at Bar-Ilan University, and former director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (1991-2016). He earned his undergraduate degree in English literature and political science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his doctoral degree in political science from the University of Chicago. Inbar has held visiting posts at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown universities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He has contributed to the Middle East Quarterly. His books include Outcast Countries in the World Community (1985), War and Peace in Israeli Politics (1991), Rabin and Israel's National Security (1999), The Israeli-Turkish Entente (2001), and Israel's National Security (2008). Contact: einbar@jiss.org.il

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Alexander Joffe — Shillman/Ginsburg Writing Fellow and an Assistant Editor, Middle East Quarterly

A former director of the Forum's Campus Watch project, Alexander Joffe is a writer on Israel and Jewish affairs. Trained as an archaeologist and historian, he holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern studies from the University of Arizona and has participated and directed archaeological research in Israel, Jordan, Greece, and the United States. He has taught at Pennsylvania State University and the State University of New York. Joffe is co-author with Asaf Romirowsky of Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (2013). His work has appeared in leading national and international newspapers including the Middle East Quarterly, Forbes, Ha'aretz, Jerusalem Post, Jewish Ideas Daily, National Interest, Tablet, The Tower, Times of Israel, Wall Street Journal and Yediot Aharanot. Contact: alex.joffe@gmail.com

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Raheem Kassam — Shillman/Ginsburg Writing Fellow

Raheem Kassam is the editor-in-chief of Breitbart London. From a Muslim family, he is devoted to combating radical Islam and exposing anti-Western activists and trends. He is credited with the downfall of Baroness Jenny Tonge and Liberal Democrat MP David Ward. In 2012, Mr. Kassam broke the Muslim Patrols story that made international headlines, and he has had a steady stream of other noteworthy media stories. He is the former chief of staff to UKIP leader Nigel Farage. He founded the counter-extremism watchdog Student Rights and served as the communications director at the Henry Jackson Society. He co-launched The Commentator website as well as founding TrendingCentral.com. He is featured regularly on the BBC, Sky News, Channel 4, Al Jazeera, and many other television channels and has been an op-ed contributor for publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Daily Telegraph, Jewish Chronicle, and Times of Israel. Contact: rkassam@breitbart.com

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Hilal Khashan — Shillman/Ginsburg Writing Fellow

A professor of political science at the American University of Beirut, Hilal Khashan is the author of five books and more than 80 articles, in such publications as the Middle East Quarterly, Berfrois, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Brown Journal of International Affair, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Shi'a Islamic Studies, Orbis, and Third World Quarterly. He writes on Lebanese affairs and the politics of change in the countries of the Arab uprisings. His views are regularly cited in the international media on regional issues. He is presently completing a book on Hezbollah's political leadership. Contact: hilkhash@aub.edu.lb

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Gal Luft

Dr. Gal Luft is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), a Washington-based think tank focused on energy security, and senior adviser to the United States Energy Security Council. He is also co-chairman of the Global Forum on Energy Security. He specializes in energy issues, including natural resources and economic warfare. Newsweek calls him a "tireless and independent advocate of energy security" and Esquire includes him in its list of America's Best and Brightest. Dr. Luft has published in the Middle East Quarterly, American Interest, Commentary, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Los Angeles Times, National Interest, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He is co-author of Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century (2009), Turning Oil into Salt: Energy Independence Through Fuel Choice (2009), and Petropoly: The Collapse of America's Energy Security Paradigm (2012). Contact: luft@iags.org

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Asaf Romirowsky

A former staff member at the Middle East Forum, Asaf Romirowsky holds a B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an M.A. from Villanova University and a Ph.D. from Kings College London. Romirowsky is co-author with Alexander Joffe of Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (2013). He lecturers at Drexel University and Penn State University. His writings also focuses on Middle East Studies on college campuses, the BDS movement, Israeli-Palestinian relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Contact: Romirowsky@gmail.com

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Philip Carl Salzman

Philip Carl Salzman is Professor of Anthropology at McGill University. He is the author of Culture and Conflict in the Middle East (2008), a book that Stanley Kurtz called "the most penetrating, reliable, systematic, and theoretically sophisticated effort yet made to understand the Islamist challenge the United States is facing in cultural terms." His other works on the Middle East include Black Tents of Baluchistan (2000), Pastoralists: Equality, Hierarchy, and the State (2004), and Postcolonial Theory and the Arab-Israel Conflict (edited with D. R. Divine, 2008). He is a member of the Academic Board of the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research, as well as a member of the editorial boards of six academic journals about the Middle East and Central Asia.

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Stephen Suleyman Schwartz — Shillman/Ginsburg Writing Fellow

A specialist on Islam, its internal divisions and its relations with other faiths, Stephen Suleyman Schwartz is executive director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism iin Washington, DC. He is the author of The Other Islam: Sufism and the Road to Global Harmony (2008), Sarajevo Rose: A Balkan Jewish Notebook (2005), and The Two Faces of Islam: Saudi Fundamentalism and Its Role In Terrorism (2002). He is coauthor of A Guide to Shariah Law and Islamist Ideology in Western Europe, 2007-13 (2009, revised as a Kindle book in 2013.). Schwartz, who has addressed the Middle East Forum, was a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle for 10 years and was secretary of the Northern California Newspaper Guild, AFL-CIO. Contact: schwartz@islamicpluralism.org

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Wolfgang G. Schwanitz — Hochberg Family Writing Fellow

A historian of the Middle East and a native of East Germany, who was raised in Egypt, Wolfgang G. Schwanitz holds a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from Leipzig University. He has taught at five German and American universities, served as head of Middle Eastern history at the Academy of Science in Berlin and worked there at the Max Planck Society's Orient Center. Schwanitz has been a visiting fellow at the French Center in Cairo, Princeton University and the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. The author of five and the editor of ten books, Schwanitz has published some 150 scholarly articles and over 400 newspaper and magazine pieces on modern Middle Eastern history and international relations. The Middle East Forum supported archival research for his books on Islam in Europe, Revolts in the Middle East (2013); German Middle Eastern Studies after 9/11 (2014); and Nazis, Islamists and the Modern Middle East, with Barry Rubin (2014).

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Joseph Morrison Skelly

A professor of history at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Joseph Morrison Skelly is a scholar specializing in international terrorism, military affairs, and the contemporary Middle East. His latest volume is Political Islam from Muhammad to Ahmadinejad: Defenders, Detractors, and Definitions (2010). He writes frequently for scholarly journals, including the Middle East Quarterly, and has studied counterterrorism operations in Israel and Northern Ireland. Mr. Skelly is an officer in the United States Army Reserve and has served in Iraq and Africa. Contact: joeskelly@hotmail.com

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Jonathan Spyer

A Middle East analyst focusing on Syria, Lebanon and Israeli strategic affairs, Jonathan Spyer is Director of the Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs in Israel. Spyer holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and an M.A. in Middle East Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Author of The Transforming Fire: The Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict (2011), Spyer is a columnist at the Jerusalem Post. He has written for the Middle East Quarterly, The Guardian, Ha'aretz, National Post, The Times, Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard, and others and has appeared on al-Jazeera, BBC World, CNN, Fox News, and Sky News. Contact: jonathan.spyer@gmail.com

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Raymond Stock — Shillman/Ginsburg Writing Fellow

An expert on Middle Eastern cultural and political affairs, Raymond Stock lived in Cairo for 20 years (1990-2010). He has translated seven books by Egyptian Nobel laureate in literature Naguib Mahfouz, whose biography he is presently writing for Farrar, Straus & Giroux. He was denied re-entry and deported from Egypt by the Mubarak regime in December 2010 due to his Foreign Policy magazine article criticizing the bid by the explicitly anti-Semitic culture minister Farouk Hosni to head UNESCO. A former Guggenheim Fellow, with a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (including ancient through modern studies) from the University of Pennsylvania, he has taught Arabic and Middle East Studies as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Drew University. A frequent commentator in the media, his articles and translations of Arabic fiction have appeared in the Middle East Quarterly, Bookforum, The Financial Times, Foxnews.com, Foreign Policy Research Institute E-Notes, Harper's Magazine, International Herald Tribune, London Magazine, PJMedia and many other venues. Contact: rstockmef@yahoo.com

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Michael J. Totten

Michael J. Totten spent more than a decade in the greater Middle East as a foreign correspondent and is a contributing editor at World Affairs, The Tower, and City Journal. His first of seven books, The Road to Fatima Gate, won the Washington Institute Book Prize in 2011. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and numerous other publications.

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