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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Hanin Ghaddar

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.

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Friedmann Visiting Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Areas of Expertise: Lebanon, Arab & Islamic Politics, The Middle East, Shiite Politics

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email:
press@washingtoninstitute.org
Phone: +1 202-688-2392 (o) | +1 202-257-1336 (c)
Twitter: @haningdr

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Dalia Fahmy

Dalia Fahmy is an associate professor of political science at Long Island University where she teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy, international relations, and politics of the Middle East. She is also a senior fellow at the Washington, DC-based Center for Global Policy, a nonpartisan think-tank that provides analysis and insight into foreign policy issues facing the nation.

Fahmy has won several academic awards and fellowships for her research. She has also published several articles in academic journals focusing on democratization and most recently on the effects of Islamophobia on U.S. foreign policy. She has published two books and her upcoming book is entitled, “The Rise and Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Future of Political Islam.”

Associate Professor of Political Science at Long Island University

Location: New York, NY

Areas of Expertise: Politics of the Middle East, U.S. Foreign Policy, Political Islam, Democratization

Contact Information:
E-mail: dalia.fahmy@liu.edu
Twitter: @DaliaFFahmy

Michael Wahid Hanna

Michael Wahid Hanna is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, a nonpartisan think-tank that seeks to reduce inequality and promote security at home and abroad. He is also an adjunct senior fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University. He works on issues of international security, international law, and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and South Asia.

Hanna is the co-editor of Arab Politics beyond the Uprisings: Experiments in an Age of Resurgent Authoritarianism, published in 2017. Prior to joining The Century Foundation, he was a senior fellow at the International Human Rights Law Institute and from 1999 to 2004, he practiced corporate law in New York. Hanna is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and has been published in many news outlets like New York Times, Foreign Policy , and has appeared multiple times on NPR.

Senior Fellow at both Center on Law and Security at New York University and The Century Foundation 

Location: New York, NY

Areas of Expertise: International security, International law, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and South Asia

Contact Information:

E-mail: hanna@tcf.org
Phone: (212) 451-7728 or (917) 822-5951
Twitter: @mwhanna1

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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Aziz Abu Sarah

Azi Abu Sarah is the co-founder of  Middle East Justice Development Initiative Tours, a tour operator which “rejects the model of traditional consumer tourism … instead employing a new model of tourism based on clients, communities, and financial and environmental sustainability.”

He is also the co-founder of the education and development nonprofit InterAct. Abu Sarah formerly served as the co-executive director at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.

Abu Sarah is a National Geographic Explorer, a position which bestows grants from National Geographic for environmentally-conscious projects. He is also a TED Fellow

He is the author of Strangers, Neighbors, Friends, which aims to bridge divisions between religions, and Crossing Boundaries: Traveler’s Guide to World Peace, a manual on travelling responsibly in times of polarization.

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Aziz Abu Sarah. TED 2014, The Next Chapter, March 17 – 21, 2014, Vancouver Conference Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo by: Bret Hartman

Areas of Expertise: Middle East, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Afghanistan, Arab Spring, interfaith dialogue, world religions, Iran, peacebuilding/conflict resolution, responsible tourism, Syrian refugees

Location: Washington, DC (with frequent travel to Jerusalem)

Contact Information:
Email:
 azizabusarah@gmail.com
Phone: (301) 466-6259 (c), 703-349-1554 (office) 
Middle East Mobile: +972-52-427-1058
Twitter: @AzizAbuSarah

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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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Margaret Zanger

University of Arizona professor of practice Maggy Zanger focuses on Middle East journalism and is an affiliated faculty member of the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies. She is the project director of the School of Journalism’s partnership with Nangarhar University in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, a three-year effort to develop a journalism department at the Afghan university.

She was the Iraq country director of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in Iraq for nearly two years, starting centers in Baghdad and Sulaimani to train Iraqi journalists to work for independent news media. Zanger was a faculty member at the American University in Cairo for nearly four years and the coordinator of the publications program of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

Zanger has developed several new global journalism classes at UA, including Media Coverage of International Crises, International Opinion Writing and Reporting the Middle East. She led students on an eight-week study abroad program in Egypt, funded by Fulbright, and has worked on developing other study abroad programs in the Middle East. She has also conducted research on the work attitudes of Iraqi journalists.

Zanger was also the faculty adviser to El Independiente, a student-produced publication that serves the city of South Tucson and is the only bilingual newspaper in the country produced by students in a real community on a regular basis. She also spearheaded the School’s border safety efforts which developed workshops for students on how to report safely along the border, and was a founder of the Border Journalism Network, which functions as a hub through which professionals, educators and their students can gather, develop and share knowledge to improve the quality of border reporting.

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Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona

Areas of Expertise: Middle East & the Muslim World, Egypt, Iraq, Kurds, Kurdish and Iraqi Media Development, Conflict & Media

Location: Tucson, AZ

Contact Info:

Mobile: 520-661-2742

Email: zanger@email.arizona.edumaggyzanger@gmail.commaggyzanger@hotmail.com

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