February 1, 2011 — In light of current events in Egypt, the University of Virginia offers the following expert for comment:
• William Quandt
Edward R. Stettinius Jr. Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs
Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, College of Arts & Sciences
University of Virginia
As a former senior staff member of the National Security Council and aide to President Jimmy Carter, University of Virginia professor William Quandt helped craft the 1978 Camp David accords between Israel and Egypt.
Quandt is an expert on the Middle East, especially Egypt, Israel and American foreign policy in the Middle East.
He was a consultant to ABC News during the Gulf War, and has been quoted widely in major media. Recent examples:
America's hand in Middle East peace / 10 lessons to learn from past Mideast peace talks
USA Today / Aug. 31, 2010
As tempers cool, U.S. and Israel ready to restart peace talks
McClatchy Newspapers / March 18, 2010
In a book strikingly relevant to the current turmoil in Egypt, "Between Ballots and Bullets: Algeria's Transition from Authoritarianism," Quandt looks at both the pressures that erode authoritarian regimes and the difficulties of making a transition to democracy in the Arab world.
Many of his books have been published by the Brookings Institution, where he is a non-resident fellow. His books include, "Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict Since 1967"; "Camp David: Peacemaking and Politics;" and "The United States and Egypt: An Essay on Policy for the 1990's," among others.