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Andrew Tabler Named Martin J. Gross Fellow at The Washington Institute

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Syria expert Andrew J. Tabler has been named the Martin J. Gross Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the organization announced today.

Made possible by the generosity of Board of Directors Chairman Martin J. Gross and his wife, Institute Trustee Ahuva Gross, this multiyear grant supports Mr. Tabler’s research on U.S. policy in the Levant with a particular emphasis on the ongoing crisis in Syria.

“We are honored by this gift from Institute leaders Marty and Ahuva Gross,” said Dr. Robert Satloff, Institute Executive Director and the Howard P. Berkowitz Chair in U.S. Middle East Policy.“Through this fellowship, theyshow their commitment to addressing one the key challenges facing policymakers in the Middle East."

“I am proud to be honored by the Gross family with this fellowship,” Tabler said. “I have treasured my friendship with Marty and Ahuva who have been longstanding supporters of the Institute’s work.”

A leading voice in the debate over U.S. policy in Syria, Tabler is a key resource for the policymaking community, offering critical insight into the Assad regime from his previous experience as cofounder and former editor-in-chief of Syria Today, Syria's first private-sector, English-language magazine. He is also author of"Syria's Collapse and How Washington Can Stop It" (Foreign Affairs, July-August 2013) and the book In the Lion's Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle with Syria (Lawrence Hill Books, 2011).Prior to joining to the Institute, Tabler served as a consultant on US-Syria relations for the International Crisis Group and as a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs, writing on Syrian, Lebanese, and Middle Eastern affairs.

"Andrew’s work helping the foreign policy community understand the Syrian challenge and devise new approaches is critical to U.S. national security interests in the region," said Martin J. Gross. "Ahuva and I are delighted to support his efforts through this fellowship."

Martin and Ahuva Gross reside in New Jersey and are involved with many nonprofit organizations. A former president of the Institute, Mr. Gross currently serves as chairman of the Institute’s Board of Trustees. He will be honored by the Institute in December for his outstanding leadership at the annual Scholar-Statesman Award Dinner which will also recognize the work of former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak and former U.S. secretary of defense Leon Panetta. Mr. Gross is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and on the Board of the New York Historical Society.

About the Institute: The Washington Institute is an independent, nonpartisan research institution that seeks to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East and to promote the policies that secure them. Drawing on the research of its fellows and the experience of its policy practitioners, the Institute promotes informed debate and scholarly research on U.S. policy in the region.

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