Mark Bruzonsky holds dual advanced degrees in international affairs and law from Princeton University (MPA) where he graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School and New York University Law School (JD) where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar. He is a journalist, author, and consultant with special expertise about international affairs and the Middle East. He is the publisher of MiddleEast.org and WashReport, and he writes and speaks frequently about world affairs, U.S. foreign policy, the Middle East, U.S.-Israel relations, and the underlying realities of policy-making in Washington.
In the past Bruzonsky was the producer and host of the weekly TV program Mid-East Realities TV (see Vimeo Middle East Channel) which from 1994 to 2003 was broadcast during prime-time hours on all the major cable TV systems in the Washington, DC area. Prior to that he was Associate Editor of WORLDVIEW MAGAZINE in New York and Forum Interview Editor of THE MIDDLE EAST MAGAZINE in London. Bruzonsky has been the Washington Representative and foreign affairs consultant for a number of organizations and foundations as well as a special consultant on world affairs and the Middle East for a number of prestigious organizations including the Woodrow Wilson Center at the Smithsonian, Congressional Quarterly (CQ), The National Geographic Society, and Okaz Organization. Early in his career Bruzonsky was the first Washington Representative of the World Jewish Congress at a time when that organization was led by distinguished independent international personalities who were his mentors -- Dr. Nahum Goldman and Philip Klutznick. In that capacity Bruzonsky was instrumental in bringing about personal contact between the most senior Jewish international leaders and top officials of the Palestine Liberation Organization and a number of key Arab countries as well as the Soviet Union.
In these many and varied capacities Bruzonsky has made more than 200 international trips to over 45 countries. He has been the official guest of many governments and organizations including Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, the PLO, Tunisia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Austria and the Palestine Authority.
Very early in his career Bruzonsky made world headlines when he personally met in Cairo privately and alone with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat leading to Sadat's history-changing visit to Israel. Then in 1982 Bruzonsky again made world headlines when he authored The Paris Declaration published as nearly the entire front page of LeMonde, France's leading newspaper.
During his graduate school years Bruzonsky was Chief Representative at United Nations Headquarters of the International Student Movement for United Nations (ISMUN). For more than a decade, from 1982 through 1994, Bruzonsky wrote a regular weekly syndicated newspaper column called From Washington which was published in leading newspapers throughout the Middle East including in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, and Israel/Palestine. From 1988 through 1995 Bruzonsky was Chairperson of the Jewish Committee On the Middle East (JCOME), an organization of Jewish intellectuals and professionals which was the first American Jewish organization to call for a fully sovereign and independent Palestinian State and a more balanced relationship with Israel. The JCOME Statement of Principles was initially published in the Congressional Record and subsequently in over 50 newspapers and magazines including The New York Review of Books, The Nation, and LAWeekly. This was followed by JCOME publication of dozens of full-page magazine advertisements focusing on the hard choices necessary to achieve a real and lasting peace in the Middle East between Israel, the Palestinians, and the Arab States, as well as a number of ground-breaking television documentaries.
Bruzonsky has lectured at many universities as well as World Affairs Councils, Rotary Clubs and other public affairs organizations. He has given keynote and major speeches at a number of leading universities including Princeton, The University of Chicago, Lawrence University, the University of Illinois, and Morehouse College. Bruzonsky was also twice invited to lecture about U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East at the U.S. Army War College. During the historic White House signing ceremony with Yitzhak Rabin, Yasser Arafat, and President Bill Clinton, Bruzonsky provided the live commentary throughout for Canadian National Television.
Having lived in Washington, DC, for many years, Bruzonsky has a special grasp of how the political, economic, legal, and social systems intersect with the vast array of think-tanks, media organizations, lobbyists, and foreign representatives. His written articles and extensive interviews with key figures -- including former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali, Shimon Peres, Yasser Arafat, Edward Said, Robert Fisk, Moussa Abu Marzook (Hamas), Noam Chomsky, General Matti Peled, and many other important political and intellectual personalities -- have appeared in more than eighty magazines and newspapers in thirteen countries throughout the U.S., Europe, Israel, and the Arab world.
Bruzonsky is currently working on a number of unique books including JCOME and the Origins of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) and The Life and Death of the Two-State Solution.