Scholars

Journalist, based in Amman, Jordan; Regular Contributor, al-Jazeera English.
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...
Dean and Executive Professor at the George Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University; Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon
Ryan Crocker is Dean and Executive Professor at the George Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University, where he holds the Edward and Howard Kruse Endowed Chair. He was the James Schlesinger Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia (2012-2014), and he served as the first Kissinger Senior Fellow at Yale University (2012-2013).He retired from the...
Visiting Research Professor, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore; Former Minister for Women’s Affairs (January to December 2011), Government of Tunisia
Lilia Labidi, an anthropologist and psychologist, is the author of many publications on the Arab world, treating subjects such as the history of the feminist movement, psychology and sexuality, the construction of identity, attitudes towards death, among others.  She has also organized a number of national and international conferences and exhibitions on gender issues. She has been profe...
Associate Professor of Political Science, Alexandria University, Egypt
Abdel-Fattah Mady is associate professor of political science at Egypt’s Alexandria University, where he teaches courses on comparative politics, democratization, human rights and contemporary issues in the ME. He was trained in the study of politics at Alexandria University, Egypt (B.A., 1991 and M.A. 1997) and Claremont Graduate University, U.S.A. (M.A. 2004 and Ph.D., 2005). His research...
Analyst, US Government
Hy Matz has worked as an intelligence analyst in the US Government since 2007. His research focuses on crosscutting political and socioeconomic trends in the Middle East, including the evolution of the Arab Spring, regional geopolitical dynamics, and political reform. As the Arab Spring took root in 2011, he served as the daily intelligence briefer for US Administration officials responsible...
Advisor to the former Prime Minister, Lebanon
Assistant Professor, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University
Daniel Neep is Assistant Professor in political science at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.Neep's main field of expertise is the politics of modern Syria. He is the author of 'Occupying Syria under the French Mandate: Space, Insurgency and State Formation' (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and is currently conducting new...
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...

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