Speaker Profile

Henry Siegman

Senior Fellow
Council on Foreign Relations

In over thirty years of involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and, more recently, 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. He 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, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, Al Ahram, Al Hayat, Le Monde and the Financial Times. His articles have also appeared in learned journals, including Foreign Affairs, the Middle East Journal, Commentary, Current Affairs, Le Monde diplomatique and the New York Review of Books.

Major study projects directed by Mr. Siegman at the Council on Foreign Relations include the Study Group on Middle East Trade Options and its report "Harnessing Trade for Development and Growth in the Middle East" (2002); a 1999 report "Strengthening Palestinian Public Institutions;" and a 1997 report "U.S. Middle East Policy and the Peace Process." He recently participated in 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 joining the Council on Foreign Relations in 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's areas of specialization include Arab-Israel relations, the Middle East peace process, US/Middle East policy, and interreligious relations.

Profile as of 1/28/03