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Fadi Elsalameen
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Fadi Elsalameen is a political commentator, businessman, op-ed writer, blogger, and public speaker. Elsalameen is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the American Security Project, a Washington, DC think tank that has been created to develop an American national security vision and strategy for the 21st century. Elsalameen is also a fellow with the New America Foundation's American Strategy Program, a nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.

Elsalameen graduated from Earlham College with a B.S. in biochemistry and political science and holds a Masters in International Relations and Economics with a specialization in China Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Elsalameen speaks Arabic, Hebrew, English, French, and Mandarin-Chinese.

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Confronting ISIL -- What Next?

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 10:28 PM

During the NATO Summit in the United Kingdom last week, world leaders acknowledged the real and legitimate threat that ISIL (aka ISIS and IS) poses to the people of the Middle East and the world. ISIL's barbaric and murderous rule and its perversion of Islam, in conjunction with their accumulations...

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Time for an Arab NATO?

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 2:12 PM

Last week, General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, stated that ISIL/ISIS, "will only be defeated when we have a coalition in the region that takes on the task of defeating ISIS over time." This is why actions taken against terrorists and insurgents in Libya are...

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Defeating the ISIL Threat -- For Good

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 10:06 AM

In last few days I have appeared on a number of Arab TV channels discussing the growing threat of ISIL and what will be required to fully defeat the organization.

ISIL is barbaric and violent. The brutal murder of journalist James Foley last week showed the true realities...

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Building New Palestine With the Arc

(3) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 2:02 PM

The peaceful uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt have inspired many in the Muslim Middle East to think critically about how they might transform their countries into a better place for themselves and their children.

The protests have led some authoritarian regimes to reconsider their ways, and have driven others...

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Abbas and Fayyad Should Follow Egypt's Mubarak

(74) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 6:56 AM

After two decades of failed political moves, the Palestinian Authority represented by its top leadership is hoping to avoid the inevitable: paying a heavy price for corruption of all kinds, alienating the Palestinian people, and failing to negotiate an end to Israel's occupation.

Threatened and undermined by Al-Jazeera's

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Don't Bet on America's Horse

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 10:10 PM

A wave of popular uprisings in the Middle East is sending a clear message to those in power − and those who aspire to be in power -− in the Arab world. Together with the release of several sets of leaked secret documents, they are making it clear that one...

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Give them something to lose

(3) Comments | Posted September 3, 2010 | 3:43 AM

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced earlier this week that he will consider Israel fully to blame for the collapse of the negotiations that were scheduled to commence yesterday, should it resume construction in the settlements. That statement could be seen as a reiteration of last week's reports by several...

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The Women Who Should Run Palestine

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2010 | 4:56 PM

After spending a month in Palestine visiting the government sector, the private sector, and the NGO sector, I am convinced of the following: Palestinian women are the biggest hope left for the future of Palestine.

Among many meetings, I met Mrs. Diala Saadeh, the Vice President of Global Operations...

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Where is Palestine's green fund? Eco-resistance in the West Bank

(3) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 1:32 PM

Can you imagine defending your land and resisting occupation with windmills, solar panels, and recycled car tires? If you live in Palestine, this is not an eco-Utopian dream - it is the reality of a few West Bank communities squeezed by settlements and occupation.

The Israeli occupation uses force and...

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Prime Minister Fayyad 'Build, build despite the occupation'

(7) Comments | Posted July 30, 2010 | 5:07 AM

I sat down with the Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad at his office in Ramallah for aPalestine Note exclusive interview.

Ramallah - For three years, Salam Fayyad, the Prime Minister in the West Bank Palestinian Authority (PA), has been a focal point for Mideast debate.

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Fayyadism is not Authoritarianism

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2010 | 12:56 PM

In Nathan J. Brown's recent commentary published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Brown accuses Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad of authoritarianism and says his governance has failed to ensure democracy and institution building.

Brown argues that, "what Fayyad has managed to do is to maintain many...

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Smart Power: Hollywood goes to the West Bank

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 10:57 AM

Why would an American youth who grew up in Hollywood, worked there as an assistant director on TV shows, a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International studies want to live and work in the West Bank city of Nablus?  

It's the same reason anyone would want...

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Is Salam Fayyad's life in danger?

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2010 | 10:30 AM

I have been trying to reach my friend J for several days but with no luck. Today I was finally able to reach him. The first words out of his mouth were: "I am sick of this life, this work. It gets dirtier every day. I have been living in...

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Finding Palestine's Gandhi in Budrus

(132) Comments | Posted June 18, 2010 | 1:44 PM

"If only the Palestinians believed in nonviolence." That is the common refrain regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the US. How many times have we heard, "Oh, if you just practiced nonviolence, you'd have your state in no time." Or, "Look at Gandhi and Martin Luther King. They got what they...

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Deal Breakers: Seven Reasons Why Israel Will not Lift the Gaza Blockade

(137) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 11:36 AM

Following the deadly Flotilla attack, several reports were circulated indicating that Israel will succumb to international pressure and lift the Gaza blockade. With so many deal breakers dominating the scene, I don't see this happening anytime soon for the following reasons:

1- The United States and Israel view Gaza's...

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End the Siege on Israel

(100) Comments | Posted June 11, 2010 | 4:34 AM

Israel's deadly attack on the "Freedom Flotilla" is proof of how Gaza continues to give Israel a taste of its own medicine. Intended to help solve Israel's problems with Hamas, the three-year-old siege of Gaza is developing into a siege of Israel, while it causes tremendous damage to the country's...

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The Obama Parameters: Publicly Endorse Fayyad's Statehood Plan

(10) Comments | Posted March 4, 2010 | 4:56 AM

I have been in the West Bank for the past two weeks meeting with several members of the Palestinian leadership about the peace process, Palestinian state-building, and the role of the United States in moving both peace and independence forward. My conversations with PA President Mahmoud Abbas, PM Salam Fayyad,...

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Hasib Sabbagh Dies at 88

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2010 | 4:55 PM

Hasib Sabbagh, 88, a prominent Palestinian businessman, activist, and philanthropist died Jan. 12.

Hasib Sabbagh's story is the story of Palestine. His death today is a loss for all Palestinians. His world-wide achievements on the business and philanthropic fronts make his words when he used to describe himself as...

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Areikat: Israel and Hamas kept us in the dark on Shalit deal

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2009 | 3:56 PM

Ambassador Maen Areikat is the PLO's Chief of Mission to the United States. He spoke with Palestine Note in an interview with Fadi Elsalameen.


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Jeremy Ben-Ami: George Mitchell Needs to Take Bigger, Bolder Steps

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2009 | 11:40 AM

Steve Clemons, Publisher of The Washington Note, and I interviewed J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami about a number of issues in the wake of J Street's highly successful

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