Sami Moubayed is founder of The Damascus History Foundation, an online project aimed at collecting and protecting the endangered archives of the Syrian capital. Between 2012-2013 he was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and his work focuses on Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is also a research fellow at St. Andrews University in Scotland and a co-founder of its Syrian Studies Center. Moubayed is an expert on pre-Baath Syria. From 2007-2011 he served as editor-in-chief of Forward Magazine. Moubayed has written several books, including Damascus Between Democracy and Dictatorship (University Press of America, 2000), Steel & Silk: Men and Women Who Shaped Syria 1900-2000 (Cune Press, 2005), and Syria and the USA: From Wilson to Eisenhower (IB Tauris, 2012). His last book, "Under the Black Flag: At the frontiers of the New Jihad"(IB Tauris, 2015) has been translated into Spanish, Korean, Swedish, and Slovenian.