Jonathan Schanzer is a terrorologist working at the Jewish Policy Forum. Schanzer previously worked at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a counterterrorism analyst for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Schanzer's work has been a source of controversy, particularly his attempts to link the regime of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda through the Kurdish group Ansar al-Islam. [Source] American intelligence agencies later concluded that the links between Hussein and al-Qaeda were bogus. He has co-authored articles with Daniel Pipes, the hardline zionist and islamophobe; Schanzer started his career in the policy world as a research fellow at the Middle East Forum, a think tank headed by Daniel Pipes, the hardline right-wing zionist ideologue. His work mostly appears in conservative media outlets such as The New York Post, Jerusalem Post, Weekly Standard, National Review, Front Page Magazine.com and Fox News.
Henry Jackson profile accompanying Dubowitz's talk "The Palestinian Pulse: What Policymakers Can Learn From Palestinian Social Media" (28 September 2010):
Jonathan Schanzer, a former terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, is vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is the Author of Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine (Palgrave Macmillan) and Al-Qaeda's Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups and the Next Generation of Terror (Washington Institute for Near East Policy).
Schanzer has previously worked as a research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Middle East Forum. Prior to joining FDD, Schanzer was the deputy executive director of the Jewish Policy Center.
Schanzer holds a bachelor's degree from Emory University and a master's degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Middle Eastern studies. He also studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo in 2001. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Kings College, documenting the history of the United States Congress and its efforts to combat terrorism.
Schanzer publishes widely in the American and international media. He has appeared on American television channels, such as Fox News and CNN, as well as Arab television channels, such as al-Arabiyya and al-Jazeera.Schanzer has travelled widely in Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories. He speaks Arabic and Hebrew.