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APB's Middle East speakers share their insights into the region's politics and culture and how it fits in the global arena. APB is proud to represent highly educated and perceptive speakers on the Middle East, including Nobel Peace Prize-winning activists, award-winning journalists, and foreign policy experts.

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Hamas Whistleblower, Star of the Film The Green Prince & Bestselling Author of Son of Hamas

Mosab Hassan Yousef is the bestselling author of The Son of Hamas, as well as star in the film, The Green Prince which chronicles his intense journey as a spy for the Israeli Shin Bet against Hamas. Yousef’s message has never been...

Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Iranian Activist & Lawyer

An extraordinary woman of many firsts, Iranian lawyer and activist Ebadi has made history as the first Muslim to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her courageous defense of human rights in Iran. One of the most intelligent, passionate, and...

Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Times Columnist

A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, Kristof is an extraordinary thinker, human rights advocate, and astute chronicler of humanity. As a seasoned journalist who has traveled China, Africa, India, and South Asia, he...

Former Head, Counterterrorism Bureau at State Department

Daniel Benjamin, who served as Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department, has become the go to expert in assessing the complex terrorism trends our world faces.

Founder of Google Ideas; Chief Advisor to Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt; President of Jigsaw

According to Jared Cohen, “You can’t understand the future of anything without applying both a physical and digital lens to it. As the president of the world’s preeminent technology incubator, Jigsaw (previously, Google Ideas, a top-ranked global...

The World's Leading Geo-Strategist

Parag Khanna is the leading next-generation voice on the future of global affairs. Named one of Esquire magazine's 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century, Khanna was a foreign policy advisor to President Barack Obama during his...

Foreign Correspondent & Author

A graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans, he writes and speaks extensively on war, religion and the conflict in the Middle East. He is the...

Award-winning Correspondent / Author

Kinzer is an award-winning correspondent who has reported from more than 50 countries on four continents. His book, Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq, is an account of the fourteen times the United States...

Award-Winning Journalist

Speaker Josh Rushing has gone from US Marine Corps Captain to military correspondent and analyst for Al Jazeera English to author of Mission Al Jazeera.

Author of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and New York Times Investigative Reporter

“A sort of Tina Fey character who unexpectedly finds herself addicted to the adrenaline rush of war.” That’s how The New York Times first described Kim Barker when they reviewed her darkly comic memoir Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (...

Former US Senator / Author / Lawyer

Former US Senator from Maine, Mitchell served as the Chairman of the Peace Negotiations in Northern Ireland. Under his leadership, a historic accord ending decades of conflict was agreed upon by the governments of Ireland, the UK, and the...

Academy Award Nominated Director of The Square & Control Room

Noujaim's controversial documentary Control Room, about the Arabic-language cable news station Al Jazeera, called into question the prevailing images and positions offered up by the US news media about the war in Iraq. The Los Angeles...

Best-Selling Author & Atlantic Monthly Correspondent

Robert D. Kaplan is a senior fellow at the Center for New American Security in Washington, DC, and a national correspondent for The Atlantic. In 2011, he was recognized on Foreign Policy magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers list.

Chair of Arab Studies at the University of Columbia

Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Chair in Arab Studies at Columbia University. Khalidi is past President of the Middle East Studies Association, and is President of the American Committee on Jerusalem, and editor of the Journal of Palestine...

Israeli Foreign Minister

Renowned for his efforts in the ongoing peace process in the Middle East, Shlomo Ben-Ami was a key participant in Israel-Palestinian peace talks and now speaks on Middle Eastern affairs.

Former Advisor on the Middle East & Author

After years of shaping US policy in the Middle East as advisor to the State Department, speaker Aaron David Miller now serves as president of Seeds of Peace.

Foreign & Security Policy Expert

The former president of the World Bank and former US Deputy Secretary of Defense of Policy, speaker Paul Wolfowitz is a crucial voice in foreign and security policy.

NYT Correspondent & Filmmaker Behind “Class Dismissed: Malala’s Story”

Adam B. Ellick is a Senior Video Journalist at The New York Times who reports on the world in video and print. Towing a backpack and small camera, Ellick has visited more then 70 countries, often earning a front row seat to historic events...

Nobel Prize Winning Human Rights Activist & Journalist

Tawakkol Karman is a Yemeni journalist, politician, human rights activist and the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. As the international face of the Yemeni uprising of 2011, she was instrumental in helping shape and give voice to the Arab...

Teacher & Activist Captured by Iranian Forces

Sarah Shourd is a teacher-writer-activist who was captured by Iranian forces in July 2009—along with her fiancé, Shane Bauer, and friend Josh Fattal—while hiking behind a tourist site in Iraqi Kurdistan somewhere near an unmarked border with Iran...

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