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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...
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...
National Correspondent, The Atlantic
Senior Research Fellow Emeritus, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France
Bernard Hourcade is a geographer, Senior Research Fellow, emeritus at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris).In Tehran he was Director of the Institut Français de Recherche en Iran IFRI (1978-1993), and later in Paris founder and director of the research center Monde iranien (1993-2003). Bernard Hourcade conducted numerous field researches with Iranian scholars about the social...
Advisor to the former Prime Minister, Lebanon
Middle East Specialist and Former Washington Post Correspondent
David B. Ottaway received a BA from Harvard, magna cum laude, in 1962 and a PhD from Columbia University in 1972. He worked 35 years for The Washington Post as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe and later as a national security and investigative reporter in Washington before retiring in 2006. He has won numerous awards for his reporting at home and abroad and wa...
Former Senior Research Associate and Head of the Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Marina Ottaway is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and a long-time analyst of political transformations in Africa, the Balkans, and the Middle East. She is working on a project at the Wilson Center about the countries of the Arab Spring and Iraq. Ottaway joined the Wilson Center after 14 years at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, during which she played a central role in...
Journalist and Author/Editor of eight books, most recently editor of "The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are"
Robin Wright is a journalist, author and foreign policy analyst. She is currently a USIP Senior Fellow-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar. Her projects explore new trends in the Islamic world--the Arab revolts, the rise and fall of political Islam, and future of the Middle East, and new U.S.-Iran diplomacy.  She identifies issues that will define the next decade, when the Middle East’s tran...

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