KENNETH KATZMAN is an analyst in Middle East Affairs with the Congressional Research Service. He has served in government and the private sector as an analyst in Persian Gulf affairs, with special emphasis on Iran and Iraq. In his current position, he analyzes U.S. policy in the Persian Gulf region and has authored many CRS publications. He also has written numerous articles in professional journals. He is the author of a book on Iran's Revolutionary Guard entitled The Warriors of Islam: Iran's Revolutionary Guard, Westview Press, 1993.
STEVEN METZ is Associate Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute. Dr. Metz has taught at the Air War College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and several universities. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in international studies from the University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. in political science from the Johns Hopkins University.
STEPHEN C. PELLETIERE (editor) received his Ph.D. in Middle East politics from the University of California, Berkeley. In the early 1960s he served in the Middle East as a foreign correspondent, during which time he was based in Beirut. He returned to the Lebanese capital in 1970, and in 1975, when the Lebanese civil war erupted, Dr. Pelletiere was in Cairo, Egypt, conducting research on a Fulbright Fellowship. From 1982 until 1987, he was an intelligence officer in Washington, DC, monitoring the Iran-Iraq War. He came to the Strategic Studies Institute in 1988, and became a full professor in 1991. He has written two books on the Middle East: The Kurds-An Unstable Element in the Gulf, and The Iran-Iraq War-Chaos in a Vacuum.
STEPHEN SLOAN is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in comparative politics from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at New York University, and his B.A. from Washington Square College of New York University. Dr. Sloan has been involved in formulating counterterrorism doctrine for the military, and was an expert contributor to the Vice President's Task Force on Combating Terrorism in 1986. His latest books are Corporate Aviation: The Next Frontier in Aerospace Operations, coauthored with Harry Pier, University of Oklahoma Press; and Historical Dictionary of Terrorism, coauthored with Sean Kendal Anderson, Scarecrow Press.
LEW B. WARE is Professor of Middle East Studies, Air University, and presently a course director at the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL. He has served in a number of positions at Air University, in particular as Chief, Political- Military Affairs Division at the Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education. He has a Ph.D. in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University with a research interest in political Islam. Dr. Ware's latest publication is a contribution to Challenge and Response: Anticipating US Military Security