Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the American Educational Trust?
The American Educational Trust (AET) is a non-profit foundation incorporated in Washington, DC in 1982 by retired U.S. Foreign Service officers to provide the American public with balanced and accurate information concerning U.S. relations with Middle Eastern states. AET perceives a dearth in knowledge about the Middle East, Arabs, and Muslims, in the U.S., and pursues an educational mission of “Interpreting the Middle East for North Americans; Interpreting North America for the Middle East.”
AET’s Foreign Policy Committee has included former U.S. ambassadors, government officials, and members of Congress, including the late Democratic Senator J. William Fulbright and Republican Senator Charles Percy, both former chairmen of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Members of AET’s Board of Directors and advisory committees receive no fees for their services.
AET does not take partisan domestic political positions. In general, AET supports Middle East solutions which it judges to be consistent with the charter of the United Nations, international law, the Geneva Conventions, and traditional American support for human rights, self-determination, and fair play.
What is the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs?
As part of its educational mission, AET publishes the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, a 76-page magazine published 8 times per year in Washington, DC, that focuses on news and analysis from and about the Middle East and North Africa and U.S. policy in that region. All subscribers receive a magazine in the mail as well as the latest digital issue to read on their computers, smartphones and tablets. Subscribers can also subscribe only to the digital issue for a reduced price. Articles in the Washington Report are often the only record of important news conferences, panel discussions, and conferences held by think tanks and NGOs around the country. For more than three decades this publication has taken a critical look at U.S. aid to Israel, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), pro-Israel PAC contributions and Congressional and diplomatic support for Israel. AET also maintains the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs Web site with decades of articles available to readers.
What is Middle East Books and More?
AET also maintains a bookstore, Middle East Books and More, which offers a variety of books and DVDs—fiction, cookbooks, children’s books, poetry, maps, music and movies, as well as Palestinian handicrafts—pottery, embroidery, olive oil, soaps, lotions and spices. Shoppers can also discover solidarity items like T-shirts, keffiyehs, flags, maps, greeting cards and more. To make these materials more readily available to the general public, AET offers virtually every item at a discounted price, all the time. We ship around the country and across the world but our storefront location, 1902 18th Street near the Dupont Metro in Adams Morgan, DC, also does a steady business. In the past the bookstore has been called the AET Book Club, AET Bookstore, Middle East Books and Palestinian Arts and Crafts (PACT). Visit <middleeastbooks.com> to see why we’re now called Middle East Books and More.
Who Funds the Washington Report and Middle East Books and More?
AET receives no government funds, and is funded solely by magazine and book sales, advertisements, and the generous donations of our “choir of angels”—a partial listing of which can be found in every issue of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Donations to the American Educational Trust help fund the Washington Report magazine, Web site and Middle East Books and More. Tax-deductible donations to the AET Library Endowment Fund, a 501(c)3 registered charity, help us provide educational materials to schools, universities, libraries, religious institutions and prisons, including Washington Report on Middle East Affairs subscriptions, books, DVDs and other multi-media educational tools.
What is the Remember These Children project?
AET, in conjunction with Americans for Middle East Understanding (AMEU), Jews for Peace in Palestine and Israel (JPPI), and Black Voices for Peace (BVFP), published three editions of “Remember These Children,” which documents the painful personal reality of the statistics of children killed in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict from September 29, 2000 to the present. Today, after more than 2,000 deaths, the AET maintains and updates the Remember These Children Web site to provide a record of each child’s name, hometown and how each child was killed in an effort to further educate the public about the realities of the situation.
How do I contact you?
Middle East Books and More is located at 1902 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009.
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs offices are above the bookstore. You can use the address above or PO Box 53062, Washington, DC 20009.
Our phone number for the magazine and bookstore is (202) 939-6050 or (800) 368-5788 (see extensions below) and our fax number is (202) 265-4574.
The Washington Report’s subscription office is located in California. To subscribe, change your subscription address or make a donation write:
PO Box 91056, Long Beach, CA 90809-1056
Our phone number is (888) 881-5861 and E-mail is [email protected]
How long will it take to start a subscription?
It can take from 2 to 4 weeks.
How can I get a sample copy of the Washington Report?
E-mail your name and mailing address to [email protected]
How can I get multiple copies to hand out at my event?
E-mail your street address, date of your event (please give us 10 days notice) and the number of copies you need to: [email protected]
How can I reprint articles?
Material from the printed version of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and from this Web site, may be reprinted without charge as long as articles are not changed in any way and are credited to the author and the magazine. [This release does not apply to any of the photographs or graphic designs in the printed magazine or this Web site.]
How can I submit an article?
To propose or submit an article, e-mail [email protected] . Articles should be no more than 1,300-1,500 words long and include a brief description of the author. TheWashington Report cannot guarantee publication of any article or that it will respond to unsolicited articles.
How can I send a letter to the editor?
E-mail [email protected] or mail your letter to our Washington, DC address.
How can I share a letter I wrote to my newspaper or public official?
E-mail [email protected] or send your letter to our Washington, DC address.
How can I advertise?
How can I contact your business office?
E-mail [email protected] or call (202) 939-6050 ext. 103
Call (202) 939 6050 (extensions and e-mail addresses are listed below)
Publisher: Andrew I. Killgore [email protected] Ext. 108
Managing Editor: Janet McMahon [email protected] Ext. 105
Bookstore Director: Kevin Davis [email protected] Ext. 2
Director of Finance and Administration: Charles Carter [email protected] Ext. 103
Assistant Editor: Dale Sprusansky [email protected] Ext. 107
Circulation Director: Lindsay Edwards [email protected] (888) 881-5861
Art Director: Ralph Scherer [email protected]
Who Founded AET?
The American Educational Trust was founded in Washington, DC in January, 1982. Its founding chairman was Edward Firth Henderson, a British Army Officer during World War II who served in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
Co-founders were Andrew I. Killgore, AET's first president, who was U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar when he retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 1980; and Richard H. Curtiss, AET's first executive director, who was chief inspector of the U.S. Information Agency when he retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 1980.
In addition to the three founding directors, other initial directors of the American Educational Trust were Prof. John Ruedy, former director of studies at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies; former Democratic Member of Congress Thomas Rees of Los Angeles; John Law, Middle East correspondent for U.S. News & World Report for some 20 years before he founded Mideast Markets, a publication of the Chase Manhattan Bank; and Dr. John Duke Anthony, president and chief executive officer of the National Council on U.S. Arab Relations.
Subsequent board chairmen have included Dr. John Davies, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the Reverend Dr. L. Humphrey Walz, former associate executive of the Presbyterian synod of the Northeast, and Henrietta Fanner, who has spent much of her life working for peace.
Do you have a Speakers’ Bureau?
The following people are available to speak on a variety of topics related to the Middle East, Arabs, and Islam.
Ambassador Andrew Ivy Killgore
Andrew I. Killgore, a retired US ambassador, is the publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, a monthly magazine with the largest circulation of any Middle East related publication in North America. The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs covers political, cultural, economic, and military issues in the Middle East and the Arab World. Recently, the magazine has also concentrated on the Arab-Israeli peace process and U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East.
Killgore is also the president and one of the founders of the American Educational Trust (AET), a non-profit organization founded in 1982 by retired Foreign Service Officers to provide the American public with balanced and accurate information concerning U.S. relations with Middle Eastern states. The American Educational Trust publishes the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and Middle East-related books.
Education and Experience
Ambassador Killgore received a B.S. from the University of West Alabama and a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1949 after serving in the 7th Fleet of the United States Navy during World War II. After the war, he served as a member of the U.S. Displaced Persons Commission in Germany. In 1950 he joined the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer and served in Frankfurt, London, Beirut, Jerusalem, Amman, Baghdad, Dhaka, Tehran, Bahrain, and New Zealand. He was U.S. ambassador to the Emirate of Qatar in 1977. He retired from Foreign Service in 1980. Since his retirement, he has devoted his time to publishing the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and speaking to civic and community activism organizations, as well as universities. He has also been an active member of the board of the American Near East Refuge Aid Foundation.
Writings and Awards
Ambassador Killgore has written extensively for the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, particularly on the Persian Gulf states and the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. In 1996 he received the Foreign Service Cup, an annual award given to the retired Foreign Service Officer selected by his or her peers as the outstanding retiree of the year. He has appeared many times on national radio and television to discuss U.S. Middle East policy and the history of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and Iranian-Arab relations.
Managing Editor, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
Janet McMahon earned her B.A. in English at Reed College in Portland, OR in 1970, and subsequently studied economics and Arabic on a part-time basis at Portland State University. She attended the American University in Cairo in 1987 and 1988, receiving a graduate diploma in Middle East Studies, with an emphasis in economics.
After completing her studies at AUC, McMahon joined the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs in 1989. In addition to her editorial duties, she has interviewed Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, former Sen. James Abourezk, Dr. Hala Maksoud and Dr. Alfred Lilienthal, among others. An expert on the Israel lobby and pro-Israel political action committees (PACs), she has written special reports on Israel and Palestine, and has contributed articles to special issues of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, on Iran, Tunisia, Cyprus and Libya. Her article “Libya: Who’s Isolating Whom?” was selected for inclusion in U.S. Foreign PolicySince the Cold War, a compilation of articles designed for school, college, and public libraries. She has been interviewed for several documentaries and international news programs.
Delinda Curtiss Hanley
Executive Director, News Editor and Advertising Director, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs , a 76-page nearly monthly magazine with the largest circulation of any Middle East related publication in North America. The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs features insightful analysis of the political, economic, and historical realities of the U.S.-Middle East relationship. Each colorful issue is packed with special reports on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa and grassroots activism in the U.S. and abroad. The magazine is important to every Muslim- and Arab-American organization because it is the only publication that reports on every group’s symposiums, lectures, dialogues and activities. The magazine also focuses on U.S. lobbying groups involved in crafting U.S. policy.
Hanley spent most of her childhood in the Middle East accompanying her Foreign Service officer father Richard Curtiss, co-founder of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. After attending the American University in Washington, DC, and American University of Beirut, she earned a degree in education from the University of Maryland. She joined the Peace Corps and taught English in the Sultanate of Oman. She stayed for three additional years to work in the Musandam Province of Oman as a consultant for a development project. After several years of teaching in Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, she returned the United States in 1988 to work as an editor and picture researcher for a publisher of historical magazines.
In 1996 she came to work for the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and is now the executive director, news editor, advertising director and in charge of fundraising. She writes for the magazine on an array of topics and her stories have also been published in the Arab News, Saudi ARAMCO World, the Minaret, Islamic Horizons and other U.S. magazines, including the JewishSpectator. She has written extensively on Palestine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Libya, the emergence of the Muslim voice in Arab politics, and fairness in the mainstream American media. Hanley has given talks at various conferences and demonstrations across the United States and Canada. In 2011 she was given the National American Arab Journalists Association Excellence in Journalism Award.
Dale Sprusansky is the assistant editor of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. He reports on the U.S.-Israel relationship and it's impact on the Palestinian people and the broader Middle East. Sprusansky received his B.A. in Political Science from Stetson University in DeLand, FL. He has lived in Egypt and traveled extensively throughout the region.
Kevin A. Davis
Kevin A. Davis graduated in 2014 with an M.A. from Georgetown's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Before coming to Washington, DC, Kevin lived in Spain and Yemen where he studied, taught, and travelled. He graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a B.A. in Anthropology in 2010. He is currently the Director of Middle East Books and More and spends his time swimming in literature on the Middle East.