WIM MELIS is curator of the Noorderlicht Festival in Groningen, the Netherlands. MICHKET KRIFA is a Tunisian-born free-lance writer and curator living in Paris. NEGAR AZIMI is a writer and curator living in Cairo as well as a member of the Lebanese Arab Image Foundation. ISSAM NASSAR is codirector of the Institute for Jerusalem Studies in Jerusalem. ISOLDE BRIELMAIER teaches at Vassar College in New York. ISSA TOUMA is founder and director of the international photo festival in Aleppo, Syria - the first to be held in the Middle East. PETER LEWIS is an artist and freelance curator living in London. SHERIFA ZUHUR is professor of national security at the Strategic Studies Institute of the United States Army War College.