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Laura Blumenfeld

Senior Fellow, Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies


Laura Blumenfeld is a Middle East analyst, a NYT best-selling author and a senior fellow at the The Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. She previously served as a senior policy advisor on the State Department’s Israeli-Palestinian Negotiating Team. Blumenfeld was an award-winning reporter for The Washington Post for twenty years, covering the Middle East, national security, and presidential politics. She has been a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund and a public policy fellow at The Wilson Center. She has written for The New Yorker, NYT Magazine,The Financial Times, and has appeared on CNN, FOX, MSNBC, BBC. She is the author of Revenge: A Story of Hope, a global study of revenge and reconciliation, translated into eight languages, optioned by HBO. Blumenfeld is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.