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Gregory Harms is an independent scholar specializing in US foreign policy and the Middle East. He lectures, keeps a blog on Facebook, and publishes articles on CounterPunch, Truthout, Mondoweiss, and Juan Cole's blog, Informed Comment. Harms has traveled throughout Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, and has been interviewed on BBC Radio.

His first book, The Palestine-Israel Conflict: A Basic Introduction, 4th ed. (Pluto Press, 2017), as the title suggests, is a brief and general summary of the conflict, written for students and the general reader. The first edition (2005) was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title.

Harms's second book, Straight Power Concepts in the Middle East (Pluto Press, 2010), is an examination of US regional policy in the context of US-Israeli relations. And his third title, It's Not about Religion (Perceval Press, 2012), addresses the common question of religion concerning Middle Eastern instability.

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About Todd M. Ferry:
Ferry began his studies in archaeology and Near Eastern history at Indiana University. In 1997 he received his BA in anthropology, specializing in archaeology, and traveled to Tel Beth Shemesh in Israel as a supervisor of excavations. He remained an integral part of excavations at Tel Beth Shemesh, serving in the same capacity in 1999 and 2001.

Not long after, Ferry began graduate work at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute, in Syro-Palestinian archaeology. In 2000, he was awarded the Helen Rich grant for study and travel in the Near East. Ferry worked for a season at the site of Ashkelon in Israel, and then traveled extensively throughout the region visiting sites relevant to his thesis: "The Aegean Influence on Phoenician Pottery via Cyprus." He received his MA in 2001, and is now employed at the American Theological Library Association.

Ferry lives in Chicago.

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