Alastair Crooke was formerly advisor on Middle East issues to Javier Solana, the EU Foreign Policy Chief. He was also a staff member of Senator George Mitchell’s Fact Finding Committee that inquired into the causes of the Intifada (2000-2001) and was adviser to the International Quartet. He facilitated various ceasefires in the Occupied Territories. Mr. Crooke has had 25 years experience working with Islamist movements, and has extensive experience working with movements such as Hamas, Hezbollah and other Islamist movements in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East. He is a member of the UN’s Alliance of Civilizations Global Experts. His is author of Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution (2009) and he is a frequent contributor to the international press, most recently with the Huffington Post in particular.