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About the Author

Avi Schaefer

Before enrolling at Brown University last fall to study international relations and Middle East studies, Avi Schaefer left his home in Santa Barbara, Calif., to volunteer as a soldier for three years in the Israel Defense Force. He was a counterterrorism instructor and taught the Israeli special forces how to handle hostage situations. University President Ruth J. Simmons called Schaefer “a young man of inordinate strength and integrity.”

Common Ground

Common Ground


To those interested in creating peace in the Middle East.