Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1970, and his D.Phil. from Oxford University in 1974. He has taught at the Lebanese University, the American University of Beirut, Georgetown University, and at the University of Chicago. He is past President of the Middle East Studies Association, and the editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies. Khalidi is the author of seven books: Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East [2013: Lionel Trilling Book Award; MEMO Book Award]; Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East ; The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood [2006: translated into French, Arabic and Hebrew]; Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East [2004: translated into French, Italian and Spanish]; Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness [1997: Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Prize for best book of 1997, translated into Arabic, French and Italian, and reissued with a new introduction in 2010]; Under Siege: PLO Decision-making during the 1982 War [1986: translated into Arabic and Hebrew and reissued with a new preface in 2014]; and British Policy towards Syria and Palestine, 1906-1914 . He has written over 110 scholarly articles, and is also the co-editor of Palestine and the Gulf (1982) and The Origins of Arab Nationalism .