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Middle East Advisory Board

Dr. Odeh Aburdene
Managing Director, CT Capital International, Inc.; Board Member, RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy; Board Member, Council on Foreign Relations.

Ghaith Al-Omari
Former Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the Palestinian Authority, and Senior Advisor to former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas; lead Palestinian drafter of the Geneva Initiative; currently Senior Research Fellow, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation.

Dr. Ziad Asali
President, American Taskforce on Palestine.

Hon. Steve Bartlett
Former Congressman (R-TX); currently President and CEO, Financial Services Roundtable.

Amb. Wendy Chamberlin
Former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (2001-2002) and to Laos (1996-1999); Director of Global Affairs and Counter-Terrorism, National Security Council (1991-1993); currently President, Middle East Institute.

Helena Cobban
Author, "Re-engage! America and the World After Bush"; Former co-director of Search for Common Ground in the Middle East.

Dr. Robert O. Freedman
Professor of Political Science, Baltimore Hebrew University.

Khalil Jahshan
President, the National Association of Arab Americans/Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; Vice President, Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; Vice President, American Committee on Jerusalem.

Amb. Theodore Kattouf
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (1998-2001), and to Syria (2001-2003); currently President and CEO, AMIDEAST.

Judith Kipper
Director, Middle East Forum, Council on Foreign Relations; consultant on international affairs to ABC News and the RAND corporation.

William A. Kirby
Former Executive Director of Search for Common Ground in the Middle East; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East and South Asia.

Steven Krubiner
Chief of Staff, J Street

James Leonard
Former Assistant Director, US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; former Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations. 

Amb. Samuel Lewis (Board Chair)
Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel; former Director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff; former President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Institute of Peace.

David Makovsky
Senior Fellow and Director of the Project on America, Israel and the Peace Process, Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Robert Malley
Director, Middle East Program, International Crisis Group; Senior Policy Advisor, Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Development.

Augustus Richard Norton
Professor of International Relations, Boston University.

MJ Rosenberg
Senior Foreign Policy Fellow at Media Matters Action Network

Abdul Aziz Said
Director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program, Center for Global Peace, American University. 

George R. Salem
Partner in the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld; Former President, National Association of Arab Americans; Chairman and Co-Founder, Arab American Institute.

Samer Shehata
Visiting Assistant Professor of Middle East and Arab Politics, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; writer, and frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, NPR, and other media outlets.

Amb. Cynthia Schneider
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands; Director, Arts and Culture Initiative, Saban Center for Middle East Policy; Professor of Diplomacy and Culture, Georgetown University.

Dr. Shibley Telhami
Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development, University of Maryland, College Park; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution.

Mona Yacoubian
Special Adviser, Muslim World Initiative, Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, U.S. Institute of Peace.

Dr. James Zogby
Founder and President, Arab American Institute.

Nick Veliotes – honorary member