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The following scholars, writers, and editors are available to members of the media to talk about their work in this area. Following is information about their background, special interests, and preferred manner of contact. Listed email addresses should be copied into an email client, replacing "at" with "@".

Ofra Bengio
Ofra Bengio of Tel Aviv University has produced in Saddam's Word the first serious attempt to understand modern Iraq through a close examination of the political discourse used by the Ba'th regime and its leader, Saddam Hussein.

Contact
Email: bengio at post.tau.ac.il

Daniel L. Byman
Daniel Byman focuses on counterterrorism and Middle East security. He also directs Georgetown Universityís Center for Peace and Security Studies.
See also Kenneth M. Pollack, co-author of Things Fall Apart: Containing the Spillover from an Iraqi Civil War.

Contact
Publicist: Melissa McConnell, Publicity Manager
Brookings Institution Press
E-mail: mmcconnell at brookings.edu
Phone: 202-536-3611

Thomas Cushman
Thomas Cushman is Professor of Sociology at Wellesley and Editor in Chief of The Journal of Human Rights. He is coeditor of George Orwell into the Twentieth Century (2004) and editor of The Time We Knew: Western Reponses to the War in Bosnia (1996).

Contact
Email: tcushman at wellesley.edu
Publicist: Lorraine Weston
Phone: (510) 643-0682
Fax: (510) 642-9737
Email: lorraine.weston at ucpress.edu

Noah Feldman 
Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law, co-director of the Center on Law and Security, and Senior Adjunct Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine and has appeared on “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings,” “This Week with George Stephanopolis,” “Newsnight with Aaron Brown,” “The Big Story,” and “CBS Evening News.” He has also been interviewed on “Charlie Rose,” National Public Radio, the BBC, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Bibliography: What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building, After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy, Divided by God: America’s Church State Problem and What We Should Do About It
 
Contact
Web: http://its.law.nyu.edu/faculty/profiles/index.cfm?fuseaction=cv.main&personID=19907
Email: noah.feldman at nyu.edu
Phone: 212-998-6711

Rick Francona
Rick Francona retired in July 1998 after twenty-seven years as an Air Force intelligence officer, including tours with DIA, CIA, NSA, and foreign embassies. He also served as the first air attaché to the U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria. He now lives in Port Orford, Oregon.

Contact
Publicist: Susan Artigiani
Email: sartigiani at usni.org
Phone: 410-295-1081

Norman Friedman
Norman Friedman is an internationally known strategist and naval historian living in New York City. A monthly columnist for Proceedings magazine, he is the author of twenty-eight books, including the recent award-winning Seapower as Strategy and The Fifty-Year War.

Contact
Publicist: Susan Artigiani
Email: sartigiani at usni.org
Phone: 410-295-1081

Richard N. Haass
Richard N. Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations. Until June 2003 he was director of policy planning for the Department of State, where he was a principal adviser to Secretary of State Colin Powell on a broad range of foreign policy concerns. Previously, Haass was vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. He was also special assistant to President George H. W. Bush and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council, 1989-93. He is the author or editor of ten books in American foreign policy, including The Opportunity: America's Moment to Alter History's Course.
See also Martin S. Indyk, co-author of Restoring the Balance: A Middle East Strategy for the Next President.

Contact
Publicist: Melissa McConnell, Publicity Manager
Brookings Institution Press
E-mail: mmcconnell at brookings.edu
Phone: 202-536-3611

Wayne M. Hall
Wayne M. Hall, Brig. Gen., USA (Ret.), commanded a military intelligence battalion during Desert Storm and is now executive vice president for homeland security and future conflict at MZM, Inc., a private consulting company in northern Virginia.

Contact
Publicist: Susan Artigiani
Email: sartigiani at usni.org
Phone: 410-295-1081

Stephen John Hartnett
Stephen John Hartnett is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado-Denver. He is the author of several books, including Democratic Dissent and the Cultural Fictions of Antebellum America, which won the National Communication Association’s James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address.

Contact
Email: stephen.hartnett at ucdenver.edu

James M. Hasik
James M. Hasik, a former naval officer with extensive experience in electronic warfare, navigation, and guidance systems, is a consultant to business and government.
See also Michael R. Rip, co-author of Precision Revolution.

Contact
Publicist: Susan Artigiani
Email: sartigiani at usni.org
Phone: 410-295-1081

Martin S. Indyk
Ambassador to Israel and assistant secretary of state for near east affairs during the Clinton Administration, Martin Indyk directs the Saban Center for Middle East Policy. He currently focuses on the Clinton administrationís diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
See also Martin S. Indyk, co-author of Restoring the Balance: A Middle East Strategy for the Next President.

Contact
Publicist: Melissa McConnell, Publicity Manager
Brookings Institution Press
E-mail: mmcconnell at brookings.edu
Phone: 202-536-3611

Nikki R. Keddie
Nikki R. Keddie is professor emerita of history at UCLA and the author of many books, including Women in Middle Eastern History and Iran and the Muslim World.

Contact
Publicist: Gigi Lamm
Phone: 206-221-4996
Fax: 206-543-3932
Email: glamm at u.washington.edu

Edward J. Marolda
Edward J. Marolda is senior historian of the Naval Historical Center in Washington, D.C., where he has written or edited numerous works, including volume 2 of the center’s official history of the Vietnam War and an illustrated history of the U.S. Navy and the war in Southeast Asia.

Contact
Publicist: Susan Artigiani
Email: sartigiani at usni.org
Phone: 410-295-1081

G. J. Michaels
G. J. Michaels is a platoon sergeant in the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Camp Pendleton, California. This is his first book.

Contact
Publicist: Susan Artigiani
Email: sartigiani at usni.org
Phone: 410-295-1081

Robert Myers
Robert J. Myers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, is a sixteen-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, a past publisher of The New Republic, and former president of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. His books include U.S. Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century: The Relevance of Realism, The Political Morality of the International Monetary Fund and Korea.

Contact
Email: rmyers at hoover.stanford.edu
Phone: 650-851-4938

Yitzhak Nakash
Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Brandeis University. His work on Iraq and Shi'i Islam has been widely cited and gained recognition in the United States and Europe as well as in the Arab world and in Iran. He has contributed articles to Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, and the New York Times. He has recently penned op-eds for the LA Times and the San Francisco Chronicle and his talk at the Carnegie Council has been featured on C-Span’s BookTV.
 
Bibliography: Reaching for Power: The Shi’a in the Modern Arab World, The Shi'is of Iraq
 
Contact
Web: http://www.brandeis.edu/departments/nejs/Faculty/#nakash
Email: nakash at brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-2966

Brendan O'Leary
Lauder Professor of Political Science and Director of the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania, Brendan O'Leary is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of fourteen books, including Right-Sizing the State: The Politics of Moving Borders. He served in Kurdistan as a constitutional advisor to the Kurdistan National Assembly and Regional Government during 2004.

Contact
Publicist: Ellen Trachtenberg, Publicity Manager
University of Pennsylvania Press
Phone: 215-898-1674
Email: ellenpt at pobox.upenn.edu

Kenneth M. Pollack
Kenneth Pollack is an expert on national security, military affairs and the Persian Gulf. He was Director for Persian Gulf affairs at the National Security Council. He also spent seven years in the CIA as a Persian Gulf military analyst.
See also Daniel L. Byman, co-author of Things Fall Apart: Containing the Spillover from an Iraqi Civil War.

Contact
Publicist: Melissa McConnell, Publicity Manager
Brookings Institution Press
E-mail: mmcconnell at brookings.edu
Phone: 202-536-3611

Michael Russell Rip
Michael Russell Rip is a professor at Michigan State University who writes frequently about weapons policies and technologies.
See also James M. Hasik , co-author of Precision Revolution.

Contact
Publicist: Susan Artigiani
Email: sartigiani at usni.org
Phone: 410-295-1081

Jay Stout
Jay Stout, now a major in the U.S. Marine Corps, is stationed in San Diego. He has served as both a fighter pilot and a flight instructor.

Contact
Publicist: Susan Artigiani
Email: sartigiani at usni.org
Phone: 410-295-1081

Joel Turnipseed
Joel Turnipseed served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm in the Sixth Motor Transport Battalion of the United States Marine Corps during the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War. Turnipseed has been a Bread Loaf Scholar, a Writer-in-Residence at The Loft, and a recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship. Currently an executive at a technology company, he lives with his wife in Minneapolis and is at work on a novel. Baghdad Express is his first book. For more information, visit the author's website at www.baghdadexpress.com.

Contact
Phone: 612-501-4250
Email: minnesotaj at hotelzero.com.
Publicist: Brooke Fitzsimmons, Goldberg McDuffie Communications
Phone: 212-446-5110
Email: bfitzsimmons at goldbergmcduffie.com.

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