Hanin Ghaddar is the Friedmann Visiting Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Her research focuses on political and religious affairs in Lebanon. In particular, Ghaddar focuses on the situation of Shiite politics and Hezbollah throughout the Middle East.
Previously, Ghaddar was the managing editor of Lebanon’s NOW news website, where she shed light on a broad range of cutting-edge issues, from the evolution of Hezbollah inside Lebanon to Iran’s growing influence throughout the Middle East. In addition, she has contributed to a number of U.S.-based magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Foreign Policy.
Friedmann Visiting Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Areas of Expertise: Lebanon, Arab & Islamic Politics, The Middle East, Shiite Politics
Yasmeen Hassan is the global executive director of Equality Now, an NGO dedicated to protecting and promoting the human rights of women and girls around the world. She has served the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, where she worked on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Secretary-General’s study on violence against women.
Hassan attended Harvard Law School. She clerked on the D.C. Court of Appeals from 1994 to 1995, served on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Advisory Board on Child Marriage, and has been featured on various outlets including CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
Global Executive Director of Equality Now
Location: New York, NY
Areas of Expertise: Women’s Rights, Law, Islamic Law, Political Science
Quraishi-Landes was a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. Her project is a book about a new constitutional framework for Muslim-majority countries that combines both Sharia-based and secular governing principles. It is tentatively titled “Islamic Constitutionalism for the 21st Century: Not Theocratic. Not Secular. Not Impossible.”
She holds a BA from University of California, Berkeley, a JD from the University of California, Davis, an LLM from Columbia University Law School, and an SJD in Islamic law from Harvard Law School.
Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School
Areas of Expertise: Islamic Law, Islam, Constitutional Law, Sharia in America, Women’s Rights in Islamic Law