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Daisy Khan

Khan, Daisy

Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement

ASMA is a non-profit religious and educational organization dedicated to building bridges between the American public and American Muslims. As wife of Imam Feisal of Masjid al-Farah in New York… more

David Cesarani

Cesarani, David

Research Professor in History at Royal Holloway, University of London

David is a British scholar specializing in Jewish history and has written and edited over a dozen books. He has advised the British government on commemoration of the Holocaust. In… more

Signe Wilkinson

Wilkinson, Signe

Editorial Cartoonist for the Philadelphia Daily News

Signe is the author of One Nation, Under Surveillance, and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1992. Her editorial cartoons are syndicated by the Washington Post… more

Christopher Hitchens

Hitchens, Christopher

British author, journalist, literary critic and public intellectual who is often described as a “contrarian"

For nearly a dozen years, Christopher Hitchens contributed an essay on books each month to The Atlantic. He was the author of more than ten books, including A Long Short… more

Philip Gourevitch

Gourevitch, Philip

Editor of the Paris Review and a long-time staff writer for the New Yorker

Philip is author of A Cold Case (2001) and We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories From Rwanda (1998), winner of the… more

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Reuel Marc Gerecht is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan institution focusing on national security and foreign policy . He was a former… more

Patrick Clawson

Clawson, Patrick

Deputy Director for Research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in Washington, DC.

Patrick's previous positions include five years as senior research professor at the National Defense University's Institute for National Strategic Studies and four years each as senior economist at the Foreign… more

Sanam Vakil

Vakil, Sanam

Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Sanam is a former research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations' Iran Project and served as a consultant to the World Bank Group's Middle East North African Division. more

Karim Sadjadpour

Sadjadpour, Karim

International Crisis Group's Iran Analyst

Karim Sadjadpour is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment. He joined Carnegie after four years as the chief Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group based in Washington and… more

George Perkovich

Perkovich, George

Vice president for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC.

George is an expert in US foreign policy, non-proliferation, security, global governance, non-governmental actors, India, Iran and Pakistan. more