William Zartman is the Jacob Blaustein Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Organizations and Conflict Resolution at SAIS and a senior fellow and member of the International Steering Committee of Processes of International Negotiations (PIN) Program formerly at Clingendael, Netherlands; he is also a member of the International Academic Advisory Council on Mediation of the UN Department of Political Affairs. He is the author and editor of such books as Preventing Deadly Conflict (2015), Arab Spring: Negotiating in the Shadow of the Intifada (2015), The Global Power of Talk (2012), Negotiation and Conflict Management; Essays on Theory and Practice (2010); Cowardly Lions: Missed Opportunities to Prevent Deadly Conflict and State Collapse (2005); Rethinking the Economics of War: The Intersection of Need, Creed and Greed (2005), and Ripe for Resolution (1989). He is former president and founding Executive Secretary of the Middle East Studies Association, founding president of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, founding treasurer of the West Africa Research Association, and past president of the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies. He received his doctorate from Yale and an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Louvain, a lifetime achievement award from the International Association for Conflict Management, a distinguished fellow award from the US Institute of Peace, a distinguished honoree award from CIGI, and a distinguished scholar award from the Peace Section of ISA, and is Commander of the Moroccan Ouissam Alawite. He is LCDR in the US Naval Reserve (ret).