From 1994 to 2013, William B. Quandt held the Edward R. Stettinius chair in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. He taught courses on the Middle East and American Foreign Policy. In 2012, he received the University’s Thomas Jefferson Award. He received his PhD. From MIT in 1968 and his BA from Stanford in 1963.
From 1979 to 1994, he was a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, where he conducted research on the Middle East, American policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict, and energy policy.
Before going to Brookings in 1979, Dr. Quandt served as a staff member on the National Security Council (1972-1974, 1977-1979). He was actively involved in the negotiations that led to the Camp David Accords and the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty. Dr. Quandt was also an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, worked at the Rand Corporation in the Department of Social Science from 1968-1972, and taught at UCLA and MIT.
William Quandt has written numerous books, and his articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications. His books include: Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict Since 1967, (Brookings, 2005, third edition): Between Ballots and Bullets: Algeria’s Transition from Authoritarianism, (Brookings, 1998); Camp David: Peacemaking and Politics, (Brookings, 1986); and Revolution and Political Leadership: Algeria, 1954-1968, (MIT Press, 1969). Most recently, he co-authored Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011, (Cornell University Press, 2013).