Steven Simon is a diplomat and policymaker. He previously served as a senior director for Middle Eastern and North African affairs at the White House, advising President Obama during a most difficult period in US-Israeli relations and with the tumultuous changes of the Arab Spring. He is coauthor of The Age of Sacred Terror (Random House, 2002), which won the 2004 Arthur Ross Book Award for best book on international relations; coeditor of Iraq at the Crossroads: State and Society in the Shadow of Regime Change (Oxford University Press, 2003), coauthor of Building a Successful Palestinian State (RAND Corporation, 2005), The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State (RAND Corporation, 2005), and coauthor of The Next Attack (Henry Holt, 2005), which examined the evolution of the jihad since September 11, 2001, and America's response, and which was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize in 2006.
Dana Allin is a senior fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). His published work includes Cold War Illusions: America, Europe and Soviet Power, 1969-1989 (St. Martin's Press, 1995), NATO's Balkan Interventions (Oxford University Press for the IISS, 2002), Repairing the Damage: Possibilities and Limits of Transatlantic Consensus (Routledge for the IISS, 2007), and Weary Policeman: American Power in an Age of Austerity (Routledge for the IISS, 2012). Under Allin's editorship, the IISS journal Survival: Global Politics and Strategy has been one of the most highly regarded publications in the field of international relations and strategy.