Conversation with Noa Sattath and Udi Ofer event

SPIA Experts on the Crisis in the Middle East

SPIA's accomplished faculty bring their wealth of knowledge and years of experience to illuminate the way ahead, offering invaluable insights and a deep understanding of geopolitical dynamics. We will continue to highlight SPIA experts’ analysis here.

Salam Fayyad

Fayyad is a former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. His 24-year tenure at the International Monetary Fund included serving as IMF resident representative in the West Bank and Gaza Strip from 1996 to 2001.

Amaney Jamal

In addition to serving as dean, Jamal is the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics, and a professor of politics and international affairs. She directs the Workshop on Arab Political Development and the Bobst Center-American University of Beirut Collaborative Initiative. Her book "Barriers to Democracy" (2007), which explores the role of civic associations in promoting democratic effects in the Arab world, won the 2008 American Political Science Best Book Award in the Comparative Democratization section.

Dan Kurtzer

During a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador Kurtzer served as the United States Ambassador to Israel and as the United States Ambassador to Egypt, among other high-profile roles.

Udi Ofer

Ofer, the founding director of the Princeton Policy Advocacy Clinic, teaches courses on civil rights, policing, criminal justice reform, and policy advocacy. The former deputy national political director of the American Civil Liberties Union, he chairs the International Advisory Council of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.

Kenneth Roth

Roth served as the executive director of Human Rights Watch for nearly 30 years. Before that, he was a federal prosecutor in New York and for the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington, D.C.

Julian Zelizer

New York Times best-selling author Zelizer is a CNN political analyst and a regular guest on NPR’s "Here and Now." He has written or edited more than two dozen books and is a past winner of the D.B. Hardeman Prize for the Best Book on Congress.

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