Dr David W. Lesch is the Ewing Halsell Distinguished Professor of History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas (United States). He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is the author or editor of 16 books, some of the most recent include: Syria: A Modern History (Polity Books, 2019); The Arab-Israeli Conflict: A History (Oxford University Press, 2009, 2019); and Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad (Yale University Press, 2012, 2013). Dr Lesch has consistently advised high-level officials in the US, Europe, the Middle East, and the United Nations. He has led several high-profile NGO initiatives working on conflict resolution in the Syrian civil war. He is on the board of the Syrian Studies Center (St. Andrews University), the Damascus Foundation, Cure Violence (Washington, D.C.), and the Abraham Path Initiative.