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- Mamoun Fandy syndicated columnist and author of "Saudi Arabia and the Politics of Dissent"
- Geoffrey Kemp the Nixon Center
- David Makovsky senior fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and co-author with Dennis Ross of "Myths, Illusions and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East"
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