Joe Macaron is a resident analyst primarily focusing his research on US strategy, international relations, and conflict analysis in the Middle East. He pays particular attention to the countries of the Levant and Iraq. Macaron’s previous analyst roles include the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, the Issam Fares Center in Lebanon, and the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at the City College of New York. A former journalist, he also advised the International Monetary Fund on public engagement in the Middle East and served in different capacities in the United Nations system. Macaron contributes his analysis widely to Arab and international print, online, and broadcast media. He holds a MA in International Relations from the City University of New York.