Biographies of Contributors

Gregory Aftandilian is a Non-resident Fellow at Arab Center Washington DC (ACW). He teaches courses on Middle East politics and US foreign policy at American University, Boston University, and George Mason University. Previously, he worked for the US government for over 20 years in such capacities as Professional Staff Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Middle East Analyst at the US Department of State. Aftandilian holds degrees from Dartmouth College, the University of Chicago, and the London School of Economics. He is the author of Egypt’s Bid for Arab Leadership: Implications for U.S. Policy.

Khalil al-Anani is a Senior Fellow at ACW and serves as Associate Professor of Political Science at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Qatar. He has also taught at Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and George Mason University. Al-Anani’s research focuses on the intersection of comparative politics (particularly authoritarianism and democratization), the sociology of religion, and social movements. He is a leading academic expert on Islamist movements, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafism in Egypt. His books include Islamists and Revolution across the Middle East: Transformations of Ideology and Strategy after the Arab Spring (forthcoming), Inside the Muslim Brotherhood: Religion, Identity, and Politics (2016), Elections and Democratization in the Middle East (co-editor, 2014), and The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: Gerontocracy Fighting against Time? (in Arabic, 2007). Al-Anani’s articles appear in academic journals such as Politics and Religion, Democratization, The Middle East JournalSociology of IslamDigest of Middle East Studies, and Orient in addition to policy papers and op-ed pieces in The Washington PostForeign AffairsForeign Policy, CNN, and Al-Monitor, among others. He holds a PhD in political science from Durham University. @Khalilalanani

Zeina Azzam is ACW’s Publications Editor. Previously, she served as Executive Director of The Jerusalem Fund, Senior Program Manager at Qatar Foundation International, and Director of Educational Outreach at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University. Azzam is co-editor, with Imad K. Harb, of The GCC Crisis at One Year: Stalemate Becomes New Reality (2018), and Trump and the Arab World: A First Year Assessment (2017). She has written articles for Al Jazeera English, The Hill, Jadaliyya, Middle East Eye, Common Dreams, and Social Education. Her poems appear in a forthcoming chapbook, Bayna Bayna, In-Between, and in literary journals and edited volumes including Mizna, Sukoon Magazine, Making Mirrors: Writing/Righting for and by Refugees, Bettering American Poetry Volume 3, and Gaza Unsilenced. Azzam earned an MA in Arabic literature from Georgetown University and an MA in sociology from George Mason University. @zeina3azzam

Emadeddin Badi is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Program, where he focuses on American and European policies toward Libya. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, specializing in governance, post-conflict stabilization, hybrid security, and peacebuilding. Previously, he was a Non-resident Scholar at the Countering Terrorism and Extremism program at the Middle East Institute and a Policy Fellow at the European University Institute. Badi’s analyses on Libya and North Africa have been published widely; most recently, he authored a study on “Exploring Armed Groups in Libya – Perspectives on Security Sector Reform in a Hybrid Environment” (2020) with the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF). @emad_badi

Daniel Brumberg is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at ACW, Director of Democracy and Governance Studies at Georgetown University (GU), and a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy. From 2008 through 2015 he also served as a Special Adviser at the United States Institute of Peace. In addition to his position at Georgetown, Brumberg was a Visiting Professor of Kuwait-Gulf Studies at Sciences Po in Paris and continues to serve as a faculty member for the St. Martin-GU Program in Public Policy in Buenos Aires. Prior to Georgetown, he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at Emory University, a Visiting Fellow in the Middle East Program in the Jimmy Carter Center, and a Lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Social Science Master’s Program. Brumberg’s articles have appeared in the Journal of Democracy,, and His books include Reinventing Khomeini, The Struggle for Reform in Iran; Conflict, Identity, and Reform in the Muslim World, Challenges for US Engagement (co-edited with Dina Shehata); and Power and Change in Iran: Politics of Contention and Conciliation (co-edited with Farideh Farhi). He has served as a consultant to the US Department of State and the US Agency for International Development on human rights, security sector reform, and governance issues in the Arab world. @derboland

Charles W. Dunne is a Non-resident Fellow at ACW. He was a US diplomat for 24 years, with tours in Cairo, Jerusalem, and Madras, India. He also served as Director of Middle East and North Africa programs at Freedom House (2011-2015). During his government career, Dunne was Foreign Policy Adviser to the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy at the Joint Staff in the Pentagon (2007-2008), and Director for Iraq at the National Security Council (2005-2007). He was chief Middle East expert in Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Policy Planning Staff. Dunne holds an MA in Arab Studies from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University. @CharlesWDunne

Mustafa Gurbuz is a Senior Faculty member in the Arab World Studies program at American University. His research examines Turkish foreign policy, Kurdish movements, and ethnic/sectarian politics in Syria and Iraq. He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Connecticut and served as a Policy Fellow at George Mason University’s Center for Global Policy (2014-2016). Gurbuz was invited to the Canadian Parliament for a briefing on Kurdish affairs and his op-eds, analyses, interviews, and comments have appeared in a wide spectrum of global media including The Washington Post, BBC World News, USA Today, Daily Star, Slate, The New Arab, and Voice of America. Gurbuz is the author of Rival Kurdish Movements in Turkey: Transforming Ethnic Conflict (2016). @Mustafa__Gurbuz

Imad K. Harb is the Director of Research and Analysis at ACW. Previously, he served as Senior Analyst at the Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research and taught at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, University of Utah, and San Francisco State University. He earned a PhD in political science from the University of Utah. Harb is co-editor, with Zeina Azzam, of The Arab World Beyond Conflict (2019), The GCC Crisis at One Year: Stalemate Becomes New Reality (2018), and Trump and the Arab World: A First Year Assessment (2017), and co-author, with John Bruni, of Domestic and Regional Challenges to US-Iran Relations (2015). @Harb3Imad

Zaha Hassan is a human rights lawyer and Visiting Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her research focuses on Palestine-Israel peace, the use of international legal mechanisms by political movements, and US foreign policy in the region. Previously, she was the coordinator and senior legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team during Palestine’s bid for UN membership. She was also a member of the Palestinian delegation to Quartet-sponsored exploratory talks between 2011 and 2012. Hassan regularly participates in track II peace efforts and is a contributor to The Hill and Haaretz. Her commentaries have appeared in The New York TimesSalonAl Jazeera English, and CNN, among others. She earned a JD at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and an LLM in Transnational and International Law at Willamette University School of Law. @zahahassan

Khalil E. Jahshan is a Palestinian American political analyst and media commentator. He serves as Executive Director of ACW. Between 2004 and 2013, he was a Lecturer in International Studies and Languages at Pepperdine University and Executive Director of Pepperdine’s Seaver College Washington DC Internship Program. Previously, Jahshan served as Executive Vice President of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and Director of its government affairs affiliate, National Association of Arab Americans (NAAA)-ADC. Throughout his career, he held numerous leadership positions in Arab American organizations, including Vice President of the American Committee on Jerusalem, President of the National Association of Arab Americans, National Director of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates, Assistant Director of the Palestine Research and Educational Center, and Lecturer in Arabic at the University of Chicago Extension and at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Jahshan also served on boards of directors and advisory boards of several Middle East-oriented organizations including ANERA, MIFTAH, and Search for Common Ground. He appears regularly as a political commentator on Arab and American media outlets. @KhalilEJahshan

Kenneth Katzman serves as a Senior Analyst on Iran and the Persian Gulf for the Congressional Research Service (CRS). He has authored numerous analytic articles for outside research organizations including ACW, The Soufan Center, Atlantic Council, Gulf International Forum, and The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. These analyses are written in his personal capacity and do not reflect the views of CRS or the Library of Congress. Katzman holds a PhD from New York University, and his 1993 book on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, The Warriors of Islam: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, was the first major study of that organization. He has testified before various committees of the US Congress on more than a dozen occasions on his areas of specialty.

Nabeel A. Khoury retired from the US Department of State in 2013 with the rank of Minister Counselor, after 25 years in the Foreign Service. He has taught Middle East politics and US strategy courses at the National Defense University and Northwestern University. During the Iraq war, Khoury was the Department Spokesperson at CENTCOM in Doha and then in Baghdad in 2003. In his last overseas posting, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US embassy in Yemen (2004-2007) and in his last posting in Washington, before retirement, he was the Director of the Near East and South Asia office at the bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR). Khoury is the author of Bunker Diplomacy: An Arab American in the U.S. Foreign Service (2019). He holds a PhD in political science from SUNY-Albany. He has published widely, and his articles and opinions can be found on @khoury_nabeel

Joe Macaron is an ACW Resident Fellow whose research focuses primarily 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 affiliations with 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 an MA in international relations from the City University of New York. @macaronjoe

Karim Mezran is Director of the North Africa Initiative and Resident Senior Fellow with the Rafik Hariri Center and Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council. He is the author of Negotiation and Construction of National Identities (2007) and co-editor, with Arturo Varyelli of the Italian think tank ISPI, of three volumes entitled Foreign Actors in Libya’s Crisis (2017), The Arc of Crisis in the MENA Region: Fragmentation, Decentralization, and Islamist Opposition (2018), and The MENA Region: A Great Power Competition? (2019). From 2002 to 2012, Mezran served as Director of the Center for American Studies in Rome. He was Adjunct Professor of North African and Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He holds a PhD in international relations from SAIS at Johns Hopkins University. @MezranK

Diana Moukalled is a Lebanese journalist and documentary producer/director with 28 years of experience in covering hot zones and writing and producing stories in the Middle East. Her war coverage has included Lebanon, Afghanistan (2001), Iraq (2003), and Yemen (2015). Moukalled also has more than 50 hours of documentaries that have tackled socio-political issues in the region and around the world covering women, minorities, democracy, and human interest stories. Her documentary series, begun in 1999 and called “Bil Ain Almujaradah,” covered political and social topics in conflict zones, shedding light on issues that were rarely raised by Arab media. In 2017, Diana and two other founders launched, an independent media platform addressing controversial issues that are underreported in the Arab region. Daraj was the only Arab media platform to be part of the Paradise Papers investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Moukalled is also a columnist for several publications as well as a media trainer. She graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at the Lebanese University. youtube/user/DianaMoukaled, @dianamoukalled

Yousef Munayyer is a Non-resident Fellow at ACW. He writes on the Arab-Israeli conflict and hosts ACW’s podcast, 5 Questions: Unpacking Big Issues. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and of The Jerusalem Fund. Munayyer is a member of the editorial committee of the Journal of Palestine Studies. Some of his published articles can be found in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, Journal of Palestine Studies, Middle East Policy, and others. Munayyer holds a PhD in international relations and comparative politics from the University of Maryland. @YousefMunayyer

Curtis R. Ryan is a Professor of Political Science at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. He earned a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has taught at Old Dominion University, Mary Washington College, and Appalachian State University. Ryan is the author of three books:  Jordan in Transition: From Hussein to Abdullah (2002), Inter-Arab Alliances: Regime Security and Jordanian Foreign Policy (2009), and Jordan and the Arab Uprisings: Regime Survival and Politics Beyond the State (2018). He has also published articles in The Middle East Journal, Middle East Policy, British Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle East Report, World Politics Review, Arab Studies Quarterly, Orient, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Middle East Law and Governance, Journal of Third World Studies, Southeastern Political Review, Israel Affairs, Middle East Review of International Affairs, and online with Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, and Middle East Report Online. @Curtisryan1

Abdelkhalig Shaib is a Sudanese attorney and member of the American and New York Bar Associations. He holds LLB, LLM (Khartoum University), and LLM (Harvard University) degrees. He was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School in 2011-2012. Shaib is also one of the founders of the Arab Association of Constitutional Law. He has advised many international organizations on issues relating to Sudan’s constitution-making, elections, and political accommodation. Shaib is the author of a number of academic articles including the Media Sustainability Index report, published with the International Research & Exchanges Board. @aashaib

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen is a Middle East Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston as well as an Associate Fellow at Chatham House in London and Arab Center Washington DC. He previously served as Senior Analyst at the Gulf Centre for Strategic Studies in London during 2008-2013 and as Kuwait Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalization in the Gulf States at the London School of Economics, 2008-2013. Coates Ulrichsen holds a PhD in history from the University of Cambridge and is the author of seven books, including five on the international relations, political economy, and security of the Gulf states, the most recent being Qatar and the Gulf Crisis (2020). @Dr_Ulrichsen

Sarah Yerkes is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where her research centers on state-society relations in the Middle East and North Africa. She is a former member of the State Department’s policy planning staff, where she focused on North Africa. Previously, she was a Foreign Affairs Officer in the State Department’s Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs. Yerkes also served as a geopolitical research analyst for the US military’s Joint Staff Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5) at the Pentagon, advising the Joint Staff leadership on foreign policy and national security issues. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. She has also taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses. @SarahEYerkes

Radwan Ziadeh is a Senior Fellow at ACW, where he deals chiefly with issues pertaining to Syria. He has been documenting the ongoing human rights violations since the onset of the Syrian crisis and has testified before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the US Congress. He served as a Visiting Fellow and Scholar at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Institute for Middle East Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University; Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University; Center for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University; Chatham House; Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard University; and United States Institute of Peace. He was also a Prins Global Fellow at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University and a Reagan–Fascell Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy. Ziadeh is the author of more than 20 books in English and Arabic including Power and Policy in Syria: Intelligence Services, Foreign Relations and Democracy in the Modern Middle East (2010) and Syria’s Role in a Changing Middle East: The Syrian-Israeli Peace Talks (2016). He holds a DDS in Dentistry from Damascus University, a Diploma in International Human Rights Law from American University, an MA in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University, and a Diploma in Peace Negotiations and Conflict Studies from the University of Cyprus. @radwanziadeh

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