Ishac Diwan is the Director of Research for the Finance for Development Lab, a new institute located at the Paris School of Economics, where he also teaches economics. Until recently, he was Chair of the Socio-Economy of the Arab World at Paris Sciences et Lettres. He currently teaches at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and has held in recent years teaching positions at Columbia University, School for International Public Affairs, and the Harvard Kennedy School. His current research interests focus on the political economy of the Middle East, in addition to broader development issues. His recent (co-authored) books include A Political Economy of the Middle East (Westview Press 2015); and Crony Capitalism in the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2019).