Sherin Gharib

Sherin Gharib is a researcher at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs and a lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her fields of research are political transformation processes, Islamist movements, state and non-state actors as well as the EU foreign and security policy towards the Middle East. Her regional focus lies on the

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Emiliano Alessandri

Emiliano Alessandri has managed the Mediterranean Partnership portfolio of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) since 2013. He is an expert on Euro-Mediterranean relations with a focus on North Africa. He has also published widely on Turkey. His research focuses on US-European approaches to the region and prospects for multilateral security dialogue.

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Dima M. Toukan

Dima Toukan is the Founder and Managing Partner of Integrated International, a development consulting firm based in Jordan and leading assignments and programming in the MENA region. Previously, Toukan served as Political/Women’s Issues Specialist at the MEPI Regional Office in Abu Dhabi covering Jordan, Yemen, and the GCC. She also served as Head of Communication

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Fatima Abo Alasrar

Fatima Abo Alasrar is a Non-Resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute. Before joining the Institute, Alasrar was a Senior Analyst at the Arabia Foundation in Washington DC, MENA Director for Cure Violence, Research Associate at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, a Mason Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, and an International Policy

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Peter Schwartzstein

Peter Schwartzstein is an environmental journalist who covers water scarcity, food security, and the conflict-climate nexus across the Middle East and North and East Africa for American and British magazines. He is also an environmental consultant and a nonresident fellow at the Center for Climate and Security. His website is www.pschwartzstein.com and he Tweets at

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Frezer Getachew Haile

Frezer Getachew Haile is an advisor, observer, and researcher on Ethiopia, with a particular focus on Nile hydro-politics. He holds a doctorate in geography from King’s College London. He currently advises the Ethiopian Embassy in London and has previously consulted at the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UN agencies in Africa and Asia.

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George T. Abed

George T. Abed was Director of the Middle Eastern Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from July 2002 until December 2003. Prior to taking up that position, he was Deputy Director of the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department from 1997–2002. Mr. Abed first joined IMF staff in 1975, after a holding a position as Assistant

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Curtis Ryan

Dr. Curtis R. Ryan joined the Department of Government in Justice Studies at Appalachian State University in 2002. He received his B.A. in History and Political Science from Drew University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at a Chapel Hill. Professor Ryan served as a Fulbright Scholar (1992-93)

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