Matthew Duss Named New President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace

Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC–Matthew Duss has been appointed as the new President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, effective August 1, 2014.  He replaces Ambassador (ret.) Philip C. Wilcox, Jr. who is retiring after thirteen years at the Foundation.

Duss has been with the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC since 2008.   A widely published journalist and policy analyst, he holds a BA and an MA in Middle East Studies from the University of Washington.  He is an expert in Middle East affairs and has traveled extensively in the region, including in Israel and Palestine.

Ambassador (ret.) Nicholas Veliotes, Chairman of FMEP’s Board of Directors, commended Amb. Wilcox for his “remarkable commitment and leadership of FMEP over the years.”  He added that Amb. Wilcox has agreed to serve on the Board and the Foundation will continue to benefit from his experience.

Veliotes described Duss as “superbly qualified to continue and strengthen the work of the Foundation for Middle East Peace.  Matt will bring deep knowledge of the Israel-Palestine conflict, wide contacts in both societies, versatile media skills, and a strong commitment to a peace for both peoples that ensures both justice and security. ”

Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress, said, “Matt has been a valued member of the national security and international policy team at CAP, working tirelessly on important issues across the Middle East. We wish him all the best in his new capacity and look forward to his work in this important role.”

The mission of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, created in 1980 by the late Merle Thorpe, Jr., is to provide accurate information and analysis not always available elsewhere about the Israel-Palestinian conflict.  It pursues this through publications, other media, public advocacy, speaker programs, and grants.

The Foundation urges stronger and more sustained American diplomatic leadership to help facilitate a just and secure resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an end to the occupation that began in 1967, and the protection of vital U.S. national security interests in the region.

Contact Information:

Philip Sweigart
Executive Secretary
Foundation for Middle East Peace
1761 N Street, NW, Washington DC 20036
Phone: 202 835 3650
Email:  info (at)