Mideast Expert Delivering Hallock Lecture

Jonathan SchanzerCOLUMBUS, Ga. – A Middle East expert will discuss “Leveraged Diplomacy or Duplicity: The Palestinian Statehood Campaign” at 7:30 p.m. March 20 at Columbus State University’s Cunningham Center. 

The speech by Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, is part of CSU’s Col. Richard R. Hallock Lecture Series. The public is invited to attend the free lecture in Cunningham’s Blanchard Hall.

Schanzer is the author of Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine, a 2008 book that chronicles the Palestinian civil war, and Al-Qaeda's Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups & the Next Generation of Terror, a 2004 book that offers a critical overview of the Middle East groups with ties to Osama Bin Laden.


A former terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Schanzer played a key role in pinpointing financiers of terrorism. He has also worked for other U.S.-based think tanks: the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the Jewish Policy Center and the Middle East Forum.

He earned his doctorate from Kings College London, where he wrote his dissertation on the U.S. Congress and its efforts to combat 20th Century terrorism. Schanzer also earned a B.A. from Emory University, a master’s from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo in 2001.

His lecture is funded by the Richard R. Hallock Foundation and coordinated by Columbus State’s Department of Political Science and MPA Program.

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Photo: Jonathan Schanzer (higher-resolution original)