Laura Blumenfeld is a best-selling author, Middle East analyst, and a scholar in residence at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center. She previously served in the US State Department as senior policy advisor for the Middle East Peace Process. Blumenfeld spent two decades as a reporter for the Washington Post, covering the Middle East, national security, and presidential politics; she has also been a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund. She is the author of Revenge: A Story of Hope (2002), a global study of the dynamics of revenge and an account of her search for the Palestinian terrorist who shot her father. Blumenfeld holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She is also a senior fellow at SAIS Johns Hopkins.