Thomas O. Melia

Thomas O. Melia is a Senior Fellow in the Eurasia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Washington Director of PEN America, an organization standing at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and around the world, and he is a monthly columnist for The American

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Lisa Blaydes is an assistant professor in the political science department at Stanford who specializes in comparative politics and politics of the Middle East. She is the author of Elections and Distributive Politics in Mubarak’s Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Her articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, International Organization, International Studies...

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Leslie Campbell

Leslie Campbell has 25 years of experience in international development, parliamentary governance and political affairs. He joined NDI in 1994 and has directed the Institute’s programs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region since 1996. As NDI’s senior associate and regional director, Mr. Campbell has overseen a vast expansion of NDI’s programs in

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Barbara Zollner

Barbara Zollner is a lecturer in Middle East politics in the Department of Politics, Birkbeck College, London. Her research focuses on Islamist politics, social movements, and parties in the Middle East and North Africa. She is the author of The Muslim Brotherhood: Hasan al-Hudaybi and Ideology (Routledge, 2008). http://www.bbk.ac.uk/politics/our-staff/academic/barbara-zollner

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Dr. Hala Helmy El-Said

Dr. El-Said is Egypt’s Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform. She currently leads the process of institutional and administrative reform along with the formulation of Egypt’s vision 2030. She was the first elected Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University and subsequently the Deputy President for Scientific Research and

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Luciano Zaccara

Luciano Zaccara is Research Assistant Professor in Gulf Politics at the Qatar University Gulf Studies Center.  Dr. Luciano Zaccara joined the Gulf Studies Center on Fall Semester, 2014. He ‎holds a Ph.D. in Arab and Islamic Studies from Autónoma University of Madrid and a BA ın Political Science from the National University of Rosarıo, Argentına. He

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Rasmus Alenius Boserup

Rasmus Alenius Boserup is a Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies in Copenhagen (DIIS). He obtained his PhD in cultural history and Arabic studies from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and from the University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on power and politics in North Africa and the Middle

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Cinzia Bianco

  Cinzia Bianco is a Senior Analyst and researcher at Gulf State Analytics focused on the international relations, politics, and security of the Gulf region. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King’s College London, she carried on a Research Fellowship in Oman, Qatar, the U.A.E., and Kuwait for the

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