Experts

  • Peace-building/Advocacy Trainer, Yemen.
  • Columnist and Reporter, Masr Al-Arabia, Egypt
    Ismail Alexandrani is a sociopolitical researcher, investigative journalist and expert in Egypt's extremities and Sinai affairs. He studies social and youth mobility, Islamist movements and the state-religion relation in Muslim societies, in parallel with his Human Rights activism. Alexandrani is the current Visiting Arab Journalist Fellow at Woodrow Wilson Center (till May 2015), Fellow Resea...
  • Senior Fellow, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, Georgetown University
    My focus on women, gender, and feminisms in Islam and Muslim societies for more than three decades has combined teaching and scholarship, public intellectual work, consulting, and activism. For even longer I have been a feminist. I have lived, contributed, and studied feminisms in many locations. For many this would raise questions of belonging—of positioning as insider or outsider and atten...
  • Civil Engineer, Al-Khalij Al-Kabeer Company, Iraq
  • Senior Policy Advisor to the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations (SEIPN), U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.
    Laura Blumenfeld is a best-selling author, Middle East analyst, and a scholar in residence at the Berkley Center. She previously served in the US State Department as senior policy advisor for the Middle East Peace Process. Blumenfeld spent two decades as a reporter for the Washington Post, covering the Middle East, national security, and presidential politics; she has also been a senior fellow at...
  • Jason Brodsky is currently the Policy Advisor to the Director, President and CEO and a Research Associate in the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center.  Previously, he served as Special Assistant (Research/Writing) to Congresswoman Jane Harman.  Prior to joining the Wilson Center, Brodsky served as a Policy Fellow at the White House.  He has also worked for U.S. Senator Charles E...
  • Contributing Writer for Al-Monitol, Israel Pulse; Documentary Filmmaker
    Shlomi Eldar is a contributing writer for Al-Monitor’s Israel Pulse. For the past two decades, he has covered the Palestinian Authority and especially the Gaza Strip for Israel’s Channels 1 and 10, and has reported on the emergence of Hamas. In 2007, he was awarded the Sokolov Prize, Israel’s most important media award, for this work. He has published two books: Eyeless in Gaza (...
  •  Dr. Haleh Esfandiari is currently the Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. From 1995-1996, she was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Dr. Esfandiari has taught Persian language at Oxford University. She also taught Persian language, contemporary Persian literature as well as courses on the women's movement in Iran while at Princ...
  • National Correspondent, The Atlantic
  • Writer and Journalist; New York Times Contributor
    Writer and journalist, Roya Hakakian works in film and print. Her reportage has been featured on network television, including cbs 60 minutes. Her opinions and essays appear in time, the New York Times, and the NPR’s weekend edition among others. She also serves on the editorial board of World Affairs. Her poetry in Persian has been translated and appear in anthologies, including the Pen ant...

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