Bessma Momani

Bessma Momani was a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. She is also a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI). She is a former nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Previously, Momani was a visiting associate at Georgetown University’s Mortara Center. She is a 2015 Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and a Fulbright Scholar. She has authored and co-edited eight books, including “Arab Dawn: Arab Youth and the Demographic Dividend They Will Bring” (University of Toronto Press), and over 65 scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters that have examined the IMF, the World Bank, petrodollars, the Middle East, and Arab youth. She is a current recipient of a research grant funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to study IMF and World Bank cooperation. She previously received SSHRC grants on the reform of the IMF executive board and on Middle East urbanization. Momani is a regular contributor to national and international media on the Arab Spring and global economic governance issues. She has written editorials for The New York Times, The Economist, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and many other reputable international newspapers.

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