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Building Bridges : About the Author

Mitchell Bard is the Executive Director of the nonprofit AMERICAN-ISRAELI COOPERATIVE ENTERPRISE (AICE) and a foreign policy analyst who lectures frequently on U.S.-Middle East policy.

Dr. Bard is a member of the United Jewish Appeal Speakers Bureau.

For three years he was the editor of the Near East Report, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) weekly newsletter on U.S. Middle East policy.

Prior to working at AIPAC, Dr. Bard was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Irvine where he collaborated on a book examining the politics behind the rescue of Ethiopian Jews. He also served as a senior analyst in the polling division of the 1988 Bush campaign.

Dr. Bard's work has appeared in academic journals, magazines and major newspapers. Recent articles include profiles of William Kristol, editor of The Standard, for B'nai B'rith Jewish Monthly; Pulitzer-prize winning columnist Charles Krauthammer and Amb. Stuart Eizenstat for Lifestyles; Librarian of Congress James Billington for The World & I and Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward and sportswriter John Feinstein for Writer's Digest.

He is the author of The Water's Edge And Beyond: Defining the Limits to Domestic Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy; Partners for Change: How U.S.-Israel Cooperation Can Benefit America; U.S.-Israel Relations: Looking to the Year 2000; Building Bridges: Lessons for America from Novel Israeli Approaches to Promote Coexistence and coauthor of Myths And Facts: A Concise Record of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. His most recent works are Forgotten Victims: The Abandonment of Americans in Hitler's Camps and The Complete Idiot's Guide to World War II. His next book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Middle East is due out this spring.

He also edited three studies published by AICE: Learning Together: Israeli Innovations In Education That Could Benefit Americans; Experience Counts: Innovative Programs For The Elderly In Israel That Can Benefit Americans and Breakthrough Dividend: Israeli Innovations In Biotechnology That Could Benefit Americans.

Bard holds a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA and a master's degree in public policy from Berkeley. He received his B.A. in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He lives in Maryland with his wife Marcela and sons Ariel and Daniel.