Presented by Lapham's Quarterly and the Institute for the Future of the Book


The editors of Lapham’s Quarterly have invited a broad range of informed sources both foreign and domestic to collectively annotate the ISG Report. The following people (in the righthand column) are currently active in the report’s margins. Discussion will be opened up to the general public around the time of President Bush’s new Iraq stategy speech, scheduled for early January.

Others who have been invited:

Tariq Ali
Anthony Arnove
Michael Bérubé
Josiah Bunting III
Joshua Cohen
Jean Daniel
Mark Danner
Joan Didion
Barbara Ehrenreich
Daniel Ellsberg
Tom Engelhardt
Giuliano Ferrara
Robert Fisk
Stanley Fish
Eric Foner
Paul Golub
Victor Davis Hanson
Christopher Hitchens
Chalmers Johnson
Donald Kagan
Rashid Khalidi
Edward Luttwak
Peter Maass
Kanan Makiya
Walter Russell Mead
Ralph Nader
Christian Parenti
Gianni Riotta
Gary Sick
Frances Stonor
Taki Theodoracopoulos
Lally Weymouth

Brian Drolet is currently acting director of Deep Dish TV. There he was the coordinating producer of "Shocking and Awful--A Grassroots Response to War and Occupation" (2006), a twelve part documentary series on the US war on Iraq. From October 2002 to April 2003 he produced live national and international saltellite TV coverage of the major U.S. anti-war demonstratons and in June 2006 co-produced live coverage of the World Tribunal on Iraq from Istanbul, Turkey.

Curtis White is professor of English at Illinois State University and President of the Board of Directors of the Center for Book Culture.

David Fromkin teaches at Boston University. He is the author of A Peace to End All Peace (1989) and, most recently, of Europe's Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?

Frances FitzGerald won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 1973 for Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam.

Gary Hart served two terms as Democratic Senator from Colorado between 1975 and 1987. He is currently Wirth Chair Professor at the University of Colorado and Distinguished Fellow at the New America Foundation.

Helena Cobban has written about (and often from) the Middle East since 1975. She writes a column on global affairs for The Christian Science Monitor essays for Boston Review, and books for whoever will publish them. Her main blog is Just World News. She thinks she may be the only Quaker who's also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Her home website is here .

Howard Zinn is a historian, playwright, and social activist. He has written many books including A People's History of the United States and Terrorism and War (with Anthony Arnove).

James Warner is a 2006 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He also holds a B.A. in International Relations and Social Anthropology from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He has served as a Congressional Fellow, where he conducted studies of Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and public security in Latin America. James served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala from 2002-2004, and resides in New York City.

Joost Hiltermann is Deputy Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa for the International Crisis Group. He manages a team of analysts based in Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem and Tehran, conducting research in the countries of the Middle East and writing policy-focused reports on the factors that increase the risk of and drive armed conflict. His own research focus has been on Iraq. His book, A Poisonous Affair: America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja, will be published by Cambridge University Press in May.

Karl Meyer is editor of World Policy Journal. His latest book is The Dust of Empire.

Kevin Baker's most recent novel, Strivers Row, is the final installment in his "City of Fire" trilogy about New York City. He was the chief historical researcher on Harold Evans' best-selling history, The American Century. He currently writes the monthly "In the News" column for American Heritage magazine.

Larry Everest has covered the Middle East and Central Asia for over 20 years for the Revolutionary Worker newspaper and other publications. He is author of Oil, Power & Empire: Iraq and the U.S. Global Agenda and Shattered Illusions: Analyzing the War on Terrorism. After the Persian Gulf War of 1991, he filmed a documentary video, Iraq: War Against the People. He is on the Web at

Matthew Stevenson is a writer and bank advisor living in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the author of Letters of Transit: Essays on Travel, History, Politics, and Family Life Abroad, Mentioned in Dispatches: The Travel Essays of an Expatriate American, and the forthcoming An April Across America ( He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and Asia, and is a contributing editor to Harper's magazine. His e-mail address is:

M.J. Rosenberg has been Director of Policy Analysis for Israel Policy Forum since 1998.

Raghida Dergham has been Columnist and Senior Diplomatic Correspondent for the London-based Al Hayat since 1989. She is a Contributing Editor for LA Times Syndicate Global Viewpoint and has contributed to: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune and Newsweek Magazine.

Reidar Visser is a research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and editor of the Iraq website His latest book is Basra, the Failed Gulf State: Separatism and Nationalism in Southern Iraq (New Brunswick: Transaction, 2006).

Wayne White is adjunct scholar at the Public Policy Center of the Middle East Institute. As deputy director of the Intelligence and Research's Office of Analysis for the Near East and South Asia at the State Department, he headed the Iraq Team between 2003 and 2005.

William Polk has taught History at Harvard and the University of Chicago, and served as a member of the Policy Planning Council in President Kennedy's Department of State. He is the author of many books, including Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for Withdrawal Now (2006).

W. Patrick Lang, a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army, served as an intelligence expert in the Middle East for many years. Author of Intelligence: The Human Factor, and Sic Temper Tyrannis, a noted weblog, he was also the first professor of Arabic at the United States Military Academy.