Henry Siegman

Henry Siegman is president of the U.S./Middle East Project (USMEP) which was part of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) from 1994 until 2006, at which time it was established as an independent policy institute.

Mr. Siegman is also a research professor at the Sir Joseph Hotung Middle East Program of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

In the more than thirty years of his involvement in the Middle East peace process, Mr. Siegman has published extensively on the subject and has been consulted by governments, international agencies, and non-governmental organizations involved in the peace process.

Mr. Siegman has authored several hundred articles and op-ed pieces that have appeared in editorial pages in the United States and throughout the world, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, Al Ahram, Al Hayat, Le Monde and the Financial Times. His articles have also appeared in the New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, Middle East Journal, Commentary, Current Affairs, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Nation, and the London Review of Books.

Major studies directed by Mr. Siegman at the CFR, where he served as a Senior Fellow on the Middle East for fourteen years, included “Harnessing Trade for Development and Growth in the Middle East” (2002); “Strengthening Palestinian Public Institutions,” (1999) conducted on behalf of the European Commission and the government of Norway, and a CFR Independent Task Force report “U.S. Middle East Policy and the Peace Process.” In 2002, he directed a study commissioned by the U.S. Department of State and the National Intelligence Council on the implications of “viability” for Palestinian statehood.

Prior to 1993, Mr. Siegman served as Executive Director of the American Jewish Congress for 16 years, and as general secretary of the American Association of Middle East Studies and editor of its quarterly Middle East Studies. He was a Resident Scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center in Bellagio, Italy.

Mr. Siegman served as a commissioned officer in the US Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star medal for service in Korea.

Mr. Siegman’s areas of specialization include Arab-Israel relations, the Middle East peace process, U.S. Middle East policy, interreligious relations, and the American Jewish community.



General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

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Israel Provoked This War

There seems to be near-universal agreement in the United States with President Barack Obama’s observation that Israel, like every other country, has the right and obligation to defend its citizens from threats directed at them from beyond its borders.

But this anodyne statement does not begin to address the political and moral issues raised by Israel’s bombings and land invasion of Gaza: who violated the cease-fire agreement that was in place since November 2012 and whether Israel’s civilian population could have been protected by nonviolent means that would not have placed Gaza’s civilian population at risk. As of this writing, the number killed by the Israel Defense Forces has surpassed 600, the overwhelming majority of whom are noncombatants.

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