Holly Dagres

Holly Dagres is a nonresident fellow with the Middle East Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. She is an expert on US-Iran relations, Iran’s nuclear program, Iranian culture and society, as well as the Iranian diaspora.

Dagres is the editor of the Scowcroft Center’s Iran Source blog and curator for the weekly newsletter, The Iranist. Before joining the Atlantic Council, Dagres worked as a freelance Iran analyst, regularly following traditional and social media in English and Persian.

She also worked as the assistant editor at the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, associated with the American University in Cairo’s Global Affairs and Public Policy School.

Holly Dagres

Areas of Expertise: US-Iran relations, Iran’s nuclear program, Iranian culture and society, Iranian diaspora

Location: Jerusalem

Contact Information: 

     Email: hdagres@atlanticcouncil.org

     Twitter: @hdagres

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Rashid Khalidi

Rashid Khalidi is a professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. His research has focused on the history and political situation of the Middle East, with a particular focus on Palestine and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Previously, he served as an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 to June 1993. He is most recently the author of Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East [2013].

Khalidi has written on Middle Eastern history and politics in opinion pieces for several publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Nation. He has been interviewed by numerous radio and TV programs, including All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, and CNN.

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Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University

Areas of Expertise: Modern Middle Eastern History, Palestine, Israel, U.S. and the Middle East

Location: New York City, NY

Contact Information:
Email: rik2101@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-5291

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Alireza Nader

Alireza Nader is a senior international policy analyst at the RAND corporation. His research interests include Iranian public and foreign policy and his commentary has been cited by a number of outlets including the Iran Primer, CNN and Al Jazeera. Before joining RAND, Nader was a research analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses.

Nader has authored a number of publications for RAND and other international policy outlets detailing the shifting relationship between Iran and the United States as it relates to nuclear ammunition and bureaucratic rivalries. He is a native speaker of Farsi. In 2014, Nader published his book, the Days After a Deal with Iran: Continuity and Change in Iranian Foreign Policy.

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Senior International Policy Analyst, the RAND Corporation

Location: Washington, D.C.

Areas of Expertise: Iranian Foreign Policy, International Affars, Middle East

Contact Information

E-mail: Alireza_Nader@rand.org
Phone: (703) 413-1100, x5517
Twitter: @AlirezaNader

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Hussein Amery

Dr. Hussein A. Amery teaches at the Colorado School of Mines and has served as associate provost of the university as well as director of the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies. His research is centered on water and food security in the Arab World and the Middle East.

He has co-edited a book on the hydropolitics along the Jordan River basin, and published numerous papers on themes such as the potential for water war, Islamic perspectives on the natural environment, water management in Lebanon, and on conflict resolution along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Currently, Amery is expanding his research into potential threats to the critical infrastructure in the Arab Gulf States. He has consulted on water and political geography issues for U.S. government agencies, Canada’s International Development and Research Center, and American engineering firms.

Amery’s most recent book is “Arab Water Security: Threats and Opportunities in the Gulf States,” published by Cambridge University Press.

Hussein Amery

Associate Professor of International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines

Areas of Expertise: Water and Food Security, Human and Environmental Security, Transboundary Water Conflicts; Identifying and Analyzing Threats to Critical Infrastructure in the Arab Gulf States and the Wider Middle East

Location: Golden, CO

Contact Information:

Email: hamery@mines.edu
Phone: (303) 273 3339

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Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami is a Moroccan-American novelist and essayist. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, the Guardian, The New York Times, and in many anthologies. Lalami’s 2014 book, The Moor’s Account, was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her work has been translated into ten languages.

Lalami is currently an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside.

Laila Lalami
Author and Associate Professor of Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside

Areas of Expertise: Morocco and North Africa, Women and Islam, Migration, Historical Fiction

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Email:
llalami@yahoo.com | laila@lailalalami.com

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Akbar Ahmed

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. He has served as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and was the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the U.S Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

Ahmed belonged to the senior Civil Service of Pakistan and was the Pakistan High Commissioner to the U.K. and Ireland. Previously, Ahmed was the Iqbal Fellow (Chair of Pakistan Studies) and Fellow of Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge, and has also taught at Harvard and Princeton Universities.

He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books including a quartet of studies published by Brookings Press examining relations between the West and the World of Islam after 9/11.

Ahmed is interviewed regularly on CNN, NPR, BBC, and Al-Jazeera. His numerous articles have appeared in, among many others The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, CNN, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and LA Times.

Akbar Ahmed
Former Ambassador and Chair of Islamic Studies at American University 

Areas of Expertise: Islamic Studies, Foreign Policy, Civil Service, Middle East and North Africa, Politics, Islamist Movements

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information: To set up an interview with Dr. Ahmed, contact Program Coordinator, Harrison Akins.
Email: harrisonakins@gmail.com
Phone: (202) 450-8824

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Samer Shehata

Samer S. Shehata is an Associate Professor of Middle East Studies and the Middle East Studies Coordinator in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He has taught at Columbia, New York University, Georgetown University and the American University in Cairo.

Shehata has received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation’s Middle East Research Competition, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Carnegie Foundation. He received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. (Politics) from Princeton University, where his dissertation won the Malcolm H. Kerr Award from the Middle East Studies Association.

Dr. Shehata is the author of Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt (2009) and the editor of Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change (2012). His analysis has been published in the New York Times, Boston Globe/International Herald Tribune, Salon, Slate, Arab Reform Bulletin, Al Hayat, Al Ahram Weekly and other publications. He has been interviewed by a wide range of media including CNN, BBC, PBS News Hour, NPR, Al Jazeera, New York Times, and many other outlets.


Associate Professor of Middle East Studies and the Middle East Studies Coordinator in the Department of International and Area Studies, the University of Oklahoma

Areas of Expertise: Middle East Politics, Islamist Movements, US-Middle East Relations, Egyptian Politics

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Contact Information:
Email: shehata@ou.edu
Phone: 405-325-1341

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