Jonathan Schanzer

Middle East analyst Jonathan Schanzer is vice president of research for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the author of Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine, the only book on the market that chronicles the Palestinian civil war.

Previously, he has served as a counterterrorism analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He was also a Research Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he authored the book Al-Qaeda’s Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups and the Next Generation of Terror,

Dr. Schanzer got his start in the policy world as a research fellow at the Middle East Forum, a Philadelphia-based think tank headed by scholar Daniel Pipes. Until recently, he was deputy executive director of the Jewish Policy Center and the editor of the JPC’s journal, inFOCUS Quarterly.

Dr. Schanzer holds a BA from Emory University, a masters degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a doctorate from Kings College London. He also studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo in 2001.

Dr. Schanzer publishes widely in the national press, has testified before Congress, and makes frequent appearances on television. He has traveled widely in Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories. Dr. Schanzer speaks Arabic and Hebrew.

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