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Born in Hebron on December 12, 1983. Elsalameen is the eldest of nine children. Elsalameen lives between Hebron in the Palestinian territories with his extended family and Washington, DC. His grandfather, Hussein Nassar Elsalameen, was the vice mayor of Assamoua, (Arabic: السموع) a small town in southern Hebron and was one of the founders of the current municipality. He was also the Mukhtar(Arabic:المختار) of the Elsalameen tribe in Palestine. The Elsalameen tribe have been present for centuries by the thousands in areas such as Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan.



Elsalameen received a full scholarship to The Gunnery private boarding school in Washington, Connecticut. Later he graduated from Earlham College with a B.S. in biochemistry and political science and then received a Masters in International Relations and Economics with a specialization in China Studies from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). Elsalameen speaks Arabic, Hebrew, English, French, and Mandarin-Chinese.


Elsalameen has been involved in the political arena at a young age. Since 1998, Elsalameen has been an active participant in the international organization Seeds of Peace participating in and lecturing at numerous leadership summits and conferences on topics related to Middle East youth, conflict resolution, and extremism. He was handpicked to take part in this organization by late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat.



Elsalameen was invited personally by US President Bill Clinton to attend the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005, and helped secure a commitment for a political risk insurance initiative to encourage investment in Gaza after the Israeli withdrawal at the time.


Elsalameen became a vocal critic of the current Palestinian government. In February, 2011 Elsalameen called for the resignation of Palestinian President Mamhmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in an article he first published in Ma’an News.



Elsalameen is part a non-resident fellow at The Foreign Policy Institute at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Elsalameen is also the president of the Palestinian Security Project, a new think tank that has been created to develop a Palestinian national security vision and strategy. Elsalameen is also an adjunct senior fellow at the American Security Project, a Washington, DC think tank that has been created to develop an American national security vision and strategy for the 21st century. Elsalameen was also a fellow with the New America Foundation’s American Strategy Program, a nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States. He was the director general of Palestine Note. Before that, he served as the director of institutional advancement at the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) where he established the Development Department by securing the first foundation grant to the organization.

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