Recent months have seen a precipitous decline in both the domestic and regional standing of Hamas. The sectarian violence in Syria has strained ties between Hamas and its regional sponsor Iran, while the Egyptian army is waging a determined campaign against the smuggling tunnels that provide the Palestinian terror group's livelihood.
Dr. Jonathan Schanzer joined The Israel Project for a conference call to describe how Hamas's slide will - and should - affect American diplomacy in the Middle East. Dr. Schanzer focused on internal Palestinian politics and on the renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
About The Speaker
JONATHAN SCHANZER is Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is the author of P@lestinian Pulse: What Policymakers Can Learn From Palestinian Social Media (FDD Press, 2010), Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and Al-Qaeda's Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups and the Next Generation of Terror (WINEP, 2004). Previously, he was worked at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Middle East Forum. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Schanzer served as a counterterrorism analyst for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He earned his PhD from King's College London.