Daniel C. Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East policy studies at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.Following a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, he retired in 2005 with the rank of Career-Minister. From 2001 to 2005, he served as the United States Ambassador to Israel and, from 1997 to 2001, as the United States Ambassador to Egypt. Throughout his career, Kurtzer was instrumental in formulating and executing U.S. policy toward the Middle East peace process. He is the co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American eadership in the Middle East; co-author of The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011; and editor of Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Kurtzer’s Ph.D. is from Columbia University.
Salam Fayyad is an economist and former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. Currently, he is a Visiting Senior Scholar and Daniella Lipper Coules ’95 Distinguished Visitor in Foreign Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Distinguished Statesman with the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Fayyad holds a BSc from the American University of Beirut, an MBA from St. Edward's University, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Sam Bahour serves as a policy adviser to Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network and does business consulting in Palestine as Applied Information Management (AIM). He is chair of the board of Americans for a Vibrant Palestinian Economy (AVPE) and co-editor of HOMELAND: Oral History of Palestine and Palestinians. He writes frequently on Palestinian affairs and blogs at www.epalestine.com. @SamBahour
Gilead Sher is currently the Isaac and Mildred Brochstein fellow in Middle East Peace and Security at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. He was chief of staff and policy coordinator to former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, a senior negotiator at the Camp David summit and Taba talks, and a delegate to the 1994–95 Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement negotiations under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He is an IDF Colonel who served in reserve service as a brigade commander and a deputy division commander. Sher heads the Center for Applied Negotiations and is a senior researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). He is the author of The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations, 1999–2001 and coeditor of Negotiating in Times of Conflict and Spoiling and Coping with Spoilers.
Adelaide Duckett is a student at the University of Chicago working under Gilead Sher and the Center for Applied Negotiations.
Sara Yael Hirschhorn is Assistant Professor of Israel Studies at Northwestern University and Research Lecturer and Sidney Brichto Fellow in Israel and Hebrew Studies at the University of Oxford. She is the author of City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement and is a contributor at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, as well as news publications such as The New York Times, Haaretz, The Times of Israel, and Jewish Chronicle. In 2018, Hirschhorn was awarded silver medal as runner-up to Ilana Kurshan in the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, and she was also picked as the Choice Award winner. In 2019, Haaretz covered her research into the role of American Jews in the Israeli settler movement.
Galia Golan is Darwin Professor emerita of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she was chair of the Political Science Department. More recently, she was Head of the Program in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Golan has published 10 single-authored books, most recently Israeli Peacemaking Since 1967: Factors for the Breakthroughs and Failures. She has co-authored Non-state Actors in the Middle East: Factors for Peace and Democracy and co-edited Spoilers and Coping with Spoilers in the Israeli-Arab Conflict. Golan is the recipient of many honors, including the Israel Political Science Association 2007 Award for “Lifetime Contribution,” the 2019 Scholar/Activist Award from the International Studies Association, the International Studies Association “Distinguished Scholar” Award 2016, and the 1995 New Israel Fund “Alice Shalvi Women in Leadership” Award.
Saliba Sarsar is Professor of Political Science at Monmouth University. His B.A. in political science and history interdisciplinary, summa cum laude, is from Monmouth and his doctoral degree in political science is from Rutgers University. He is the author of Jerusalem: The Home in Our Hearts and of Peacebuilding in Israeli-Palestinian Relations. He is the co-author of Ideology, Values, and Technology in Political Life and of World Politics: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Among his edited and co-edited works are What Jerusalem Means to Us: Christian Perspectives and Reflections; Palestine and the Quest for Peace; and Principles and Pragmatism.