Middle East and North Africa Experts
Senior Lecturer, Department of Middle Eastern History, University of Haifa, Israel.
Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and Director, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University
Professor Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for more than thirty-five years. Professor Hoffman previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and was also Director of RAND’s Washington, D.C. Office. He was Scholar-in-Residence for Counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency between 2004 and 2006; an a...
Professor of Political Sociology at the American University in Cairo, and Chairman of the Board, Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies
A longtime human rights activist, he is keenly interested in the democratization of the Arab world.
Former Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan. Politician, Writer, Women & Minority Rights advocate
Farahnaz Ispahani is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center. She is a Pakistani politician who served as a member of Parliament and Media Advisor to the President of Pakistan. At the Parliament she focused on the issues of terrorism, human rights, minority rights and US-Pakistan relations. Ms. Ispahani spent the formative years of her career as a print and television journalist. Her...
Counselor for International Strategy, Chevron Corporation; Chairman, Eurasia Foundation; Former White House NIS Ombudsman and Counselor to U.S. Department of Commerce
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stephanie Kaplan is a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Ph.D. candidate in political science at MIT. Her research focuses on Islamist extremism and U.S. counterterrorism policy. Kaplan's dissertation, "The Jihad Effect: How Wars Feed the Global Jihadist Movement," explores the impact of war on the jihadist terrorist threat from the Soviet-Afghan W...
Director, Islam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut, Lebanon; Editor-at-large, The Daily Star
Assistant Professor of International Relations and International Communication, School of International Service, American University
Growing up in Lebanon, I witnessed firsthand the advent of the Arab information revolution and the ensuing shifts in inter-Arab and Arab-Western relations. In 1994 I began researching the cultural implications of this phenomenon for my Ph.D. dissertation, using ethnographic fieldwork and television criticism to understand young people's interaction with global, regional and local popular culture i...
President, The International Quranic Center
EducationB.A. Arabic Languages, College of Arabic Language, Al-Azhar University; M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1980) Islamic History, College of Arabic Language, Al-Azhar UniversityExperienceFounder and President of the International Quranic Center, Springfield, VA, 2006-presentCo-founder and Interim President of Center for Islamic Pluralism, Washington D.C., 2004Moderator, Weekly Conference of Ibn Khald...
Military Writer, USA Today