Amy Zalman is a senior research strategist in a private sector consulting firm. For over a decade she has worked to support more culturally astute communication between the United States and Middle Eastern audiences in educational, commercial, and national security contexts.

She has presented testimony to the U.S. Congress and NATO, and is the author of the policy paper “Countering Violent Extremism: Beyond Words” (2008).

Zalman received her doctorate from the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at New York University, and has served on the faculties of The New School, New York University, and Cornell University.


Jonathan Clarke is managing partner of the Washington Analysis and Assessment Service and publisher of, a weekly newsletter on U.S. foreign policy. Earlier he was a career diplomat in the British Diplomatic Service. Following assignments in Western Europe, Southern Africa, and the United States, he now lives in Washington, D.C.

His most recent book is The Silence of the Rational Center: Why American Foreign Policy is Failing (with Stefan Halper, 2007). In 2004 he published America Alone: The Neo-Conservatives and the Global Order (with Stefan Halper).