Monte Palmer received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin and is currently Professor Emeritus at Florida State University. He had previously taught political science at Western Illinois University, Iowa State University, Florida State University and the American University of Beirut. He served as the chair of the Department of Political Science at the Florida State University and as the director of the Middle East Centers at the Florida State University and the American University of Beirut. He as also a senior fellow at the Al-Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies and has been a consultant to Bir Ziet University and the Arab Development Institute (Libya). He remains an advisor to the Middle East Center at FSU. His recent books include AT THE HEART OF TERROR (Rowman & Littlefield,2004), COMPARATIVE POLITICS: POLITICAL ECONOMY, POLITICAL CULTURE, AND POLITICAL INTERDEPENDENCE (2006) and POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT (1997).