The Arab Spring and the Future of Democracy in the Middle East

The Arab Spring and the Future of Democracy in the Middle East

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Moderator:       Dan Senor
                          Foreign Policy Initiative
                          Council on Foreign Relations

Panelists:         Max Boot
                          Council on Foreign Relations

                          Reuel Marc Gerecht

                          Foundation for Defense of Democracies

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Speaker Biographies

Max Boot is one of America's leading military historians and foreign-policy analysts. The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, he is also a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and the Los Angeles Times, and a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and many other publications. He is author of War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today (2006), which has been hailed as a "magisterial survey of technology and war" by the New York Times, and of The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power (2002), which has been placed on Air Force, Army, Marine and Navy reading lists. He is currently writing a history of guerrilla warfare and terrorism.

Reuel Marc Gerecht is a senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He focuses on Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, terrorism, and intelligence. His new book, The Wave:  Man, God, and the Ballot Box in the Middle East, was recently published by the Hoover Institution Press. Mr. Gerecht was previously a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the director of the Middle East Initiative at the Project for the New American Century. Earlier, he served as a specialist at the CIA's Directorate of Operations from 1985 to 1994, and a risk assessment consultant on the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Former Soviet Union from 1999 to 2001.  Mr. Gerecht is the author of Know Thine Enemy: A Spy's Journey into Revolutionary Iran, and The Islamic Paradox: Shiite Clerics, Sunni Fundamentalists, and the Coming of Arab Democracy. He is a contributing editor for The Weekly Standard and a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, as well as a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and other publications. Mr. Gerecht received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in Islamic History from Princeton University.

Dan Senor is a board member of the Foreign Policy Initiative and an adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Senor is an expert on Iraq, Israeli-Palestinian relations, and Middle East and Persian Gulf geopolitics, security, and economics. He is an analyst for Fox News and a founding partner of Rosemont Capital. From 2003 to 2004, Mr. Senor served in the Administration of George W. Bush, as a Pentagon and White House advisor based in Doha, Qatar at U.S. Central Command Forward, and later based in Kuwait and Iraq, where he worked for both the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance and the Coalition Provisional Authority as chief spokesman and senior advisor. Mr. Senor was awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award. Previously, he was a foreign policy and communications advisor in the U.S. Senate. He is the author of Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle. He writes frequently for the Wall Street Journal and has also authored pieces for the New York Times, The Washington Post, the New York Post, and The Weekly Standard. Mr. Senor completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario and studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He later attended Harvard Business School, where he completed his MBA.

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