| Paul Scham
is an Adjunct Scholar at the Middle East Institute and a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University, both in Washington, D.C. For the last fifteen years he has been working on various aspects of Israeli-Palestinian understanding, both in the U.S. and in Israel. His current focus is on the importance of dealing with the historical narratives of the two sides as a tool, not only an obstacle, in creating peace.
In 1989, he set up the Washington Office of Americans for Peace Now and was its first Washington Representative. Subsequently he moved to Jerusalem and became a Research Fellow at the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace of Hebrew University, working for six years on a large number of Israeli-Palestinian research and civil society projects. He returned to the U.S. in 2002 and has since completed editing a book dealing with the historical narratives of the two sides, in addition to teaching and lecturing.