GENEIVE ABDO has reported from numerous Islamic countries for a decade. She is currently the religion writer of the Chicago Tribune. Before that, she worked for the Boston Globe and was the correspondent in Iran for The Guardian and a frequent contributor to TTThhheee EEEcccooonnnooommmiiisssttt and the International Herald Tribune. She is the author of No God but God: Egypt and the Triumph of Islam (Oxford University Press, 2000) and most recently, with Jonathan Lyons, of Answering Only to God: Faith and Freedom in Twenty-First-Century Iran (New York: Henry Holt Company, 2003).
PATRICK CLAWSON is deputy director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and senior editor of Middle East Quarterly. He has published numerous scholarly articles on the Middle East in Foreign Affairs, International Economy, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics and Middle East Journal. Also, he has published opinion articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Mr. Clawson was co-convenor of the Presidential Study Group organized by The Washington Institute, which published its recommendations to the new Bush administration in the form of a monograph, Navigating Through Turbulence: America and the Middle East in a New Century (The Washington Institute, 2001). His most recent authored and edited works include: How to Build a New Iraq after Saddam, editor (The Washington Institute, 2003) and The Last Arab-Israeli Battlefi eld? Implications of an Israeli Withdrawal from Lebanon, co-editor (The Washington Institute, 2000).
MICHAEL EISENSTADT is a senior fellow at The Washington Institute. He is a specialist in Persian Gulf and Arab-Israeli security affairs and has published on U.S. strategy in the Middle East, regional security, nonconventional weapons proliferation in the Near East and Southwest Asia, and the armed forces of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority. His recent publications include U.S. Policy in Post-Saddam Iraq: Lessons from the British Experience, 1914-1948, co-edited with Eric Mathewson (The Washington Institute, 2003), The Last Arab-Israeli Battlefi eld? Implications of an Israeli Withdrawal