Habiba Abdelaal

Habiba Abdelaal is a graduate student studying public administration and non-profit management, focusing on women, gender, and sexuality studies. She also works as a graduate researcher for Ohio University’s Women’s Center and has volunteered and worked in many NGOs, civic initiatives, and social institutions in Egypt, across the MENA region, and the United States.

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Robert P. Beschel Jr.

Robert P. Beschel Jr. is currently a nonresident senior fellow with the Brookings Doha Center, where his research interests concentrate on governance and public sector reform throughout the Middle East and North Africa region.  He is helping to oversee the Center’s work on the policy and institutional responses to Covid-19. Previously Beschel served as Chair of

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Sara Khorshid

Sara Khorshid worked as a journalist and columnist in Egypt for fifteen years. Her articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, The New York Times, HuffPost, and numerous other outlets. She is currently writing her PhD in Canada’s Western University on the history of Egyptian-American mutual perceptions as represented in popular culture during the Cold War. Follow

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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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Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom. He is also the Wilson Distinguished Professor of Religious Freedom at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, and research professor in political science. Mr. Marshall is the author and editor of more than twenty books on religion and

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Jessica Agostinelli

Jessica Agostinelli joined MEI in December 2016, where she manages the programs team and supports the work of the Track II Dialogues Initiative. A graduate of American University’s School of International Service, Jessica studied in Amman, Jordan and worked for the Visions Center for Strategic and Development Studies. Prior to joining MEI, Jessica worked as

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Ibrahim Al-Assil

Ibrahim Al-Assil is a Middle East analyst and commentator. He is a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. His work focuses on U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East, regional dynamics and cooperation, and political economy. Al-Assil is the founder and managing partner of Dynamics Advisory, a consulting firm that provides political risk

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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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