Experts

  • 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...
  • Middle East Bureau Chief, The Economist
  • Senior Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Morocco
    Fatima Sadiqi is a recipient of a Harvard Fellowship. She is Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies, author and editor of, among other works,  Moroccan Feminist Discourses (2014), Women, Gender, and Language in Morocco (Brill, 2003), Gender and Violence in the Middle East  (Routledge 2011), and Women Writing Africa. The Northern Region (The Feminist Press, 2009).   Sadiqi...
  • Professor, Georgetown University
    Joseph Sassoon teaches at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, part of the School for Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His expertise includes, history, politics and political economy of the Arab world. He has published three books, the last one won the British-Kuwait Prize for the best book on the Middle East in 2013, and was titled: Saddam Hussein's Ba`th Party: Inside an Author...
  • Professor of Public Policy and Administration, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, The American University in Cairo
  • Associate Professor of Political Science, Indiana University
    Abdulkader Sinno is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, and a 2014-15 Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. He received his PhD from UCLA in 2002, was a CISAC Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and a 2009 Carnegie Scholar. His first book, Organizations at War in Afghanistan and Beyond (Cornell University Press, 2008; 201...
  • Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations; Former Iraqi Ambassador to the United States
    Samir Sumaida'ie was born in Baghdad in 1944. After having graduated from Durham University, UK, he started and ran a design business in London. Sumaida'ie was a leader in  the opposition to Saddam Hussain. After returning from exile, he became a member of the Governing Council in 2002, then the Minister of Interior in 2004 and Permanent Representative to the UN in 2004 until 2006, an...
  • Professor of History, University of Virginia; Senior J.R. Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace (2007-08)
    Elizabeth F. Thompson is professor of history at the University of Virginia.  She is author of Justice Interrupted:  The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East  (Harvard, 2013), which profiles a dozen political movements against tyranny and inequality in the Middle East since 1839, culminating in the Arab uprisings of 2011.  Her first book, Colonial Citizens:...
  • Staff Writer for the Middle East, diplomacy, and national security, The Washington Post

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