Expert Contributors

Dr. Javad Heiran-Nia
Director of the Persian Gulf Studies at the Center for Scientific Research and Middle East Strategic Studies.

Naftali Granot
Expert at The MirYam Institute. Former Deputy Director of the Mossad.

Robert Mason
Non-Resident Fellow at The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and Non-Resident Research Fellow with the Gulf Research Center in Jeddah.

Dr. Burcu Ozcelik
Affiliated lecturer at the University of Cambridge, where she held the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2017-2021).

Eran Etzion
Founder & CEO of Former Deputy Head of Israel’s National Security Council at the Prime Minister’s office, and Head of Policy Planning in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ambassador Gordon Gray
Professor of practice at Penn State’s School of International Affairs. Former U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia at the start of the Arab Spring and deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs.

Ali Asseri
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan (2001-09) and Lebanon (2009-16); Board member at RASANAH – the International Institute for Iranian Studies in Riyadh.

Giorgio Cafiero
CEO of Gulf State Analytics, a Washington, DC-based consultancy, and an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project.

Kamaran Palani
Lecturer in International Relations at Salahaddin University, a Research Fellow at MERI, and an Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research.

Dr. Leah Sherwood
Security and intelligence analyst of the MENA region at the Privy Council of Canada (All opinions expressed are her own and do not represent the Government of Canada).

Hafed Al Ghwell
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute Director Ibn Khaldoun Strategic Initiative (IKSI) – The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies – Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Tatiana Smirnova
Tatiana Smirnova is a post-doctoral researcher at Centre FrancoPaix in conflict resolutions and peace missions, Chaire Raoul-Dandurand at the Université du Québec in Montréal.

Takashi Mitsuka
Deputy Managing Director of the Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East (JCCME).

Dr. Alon Levkowitz
Senior lecturer and the Chair of Social Science and Civics department at Beit Berl College.

Professor Michaël Tanchum
Non-resident fellow in the Economics and Energy Programme at the Middle East Institute (MEI) and at the Centre for Strategic Policy Implementation at Başkent University.

Dr. Selçuk Çolakoğlu
Founding Director of the Turkish Center for Asia-Pacific Studies.

Dr. Christoph Bluth
Professor of International Relations and Security in the Department of Peace Studies and International Development at the University of Bradford.

Fatemeh Aman
Non-resident senior fellow at the Middle East Institute.

Henelito A. Sevilla, Jr.
Professor of West Asia and Philippine External Relations at the Asian Center of the University of the Philippines.

Dr. John Calabrese
Director of the Middle East-Asia Project (MAP), Middle East Institute.

Adi Imsirovic
Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.

S. Suha Cubukcuoglu
Geopolitical strategist working as a non-resident contributor for the Turkish Heritage Organization in Washington D.C.

Marwan Safar Jalani
Rhodes Syria Scholar, pursuing a Master’s in Comparative Government at the University of Oxford.

Silvia Colombo
Senior Fellow in the Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa programme at the Rome-based Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI).

Aljoscha Albrecht
Research Assistant at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin.

Sarah Henkel
Policy Advisor on foreign affairs at the European Parliament.

Alex Vatanka
Director of the Iran program and a senior fellow at the Frontier Europe Program at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.

Louis Dugit-Gros
Visiting Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Judy Dempsey
Nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of the Strategic Europe blog.

Douglas Ollivant
Associate Professor at HSE University in Moscow; Senior research fellow at the Institute of African Studies of the Russian Academy of Science.

Alison Pargeter
Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies at King’s College London; Associate Fellow at RUSI.

David W. Lesch
Ewing Halsell Distinguished Professor of History at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, USA. 

Dr Leonid Issaev
Associate Professor at HSE University in Moscow; Senior research fellow at the Institute of African Studies of the Russian Academy of Science.

Dr Michael Robbins
Project Director of Arab Barometer at Princeton University.

David Butter
Analyst of political and economic affairs in the Middle East and North Africa; Associate Fellow at Chatham House.

Kamal Alam
Syrian Affairs Analyst and Teacher of Syrian and Turkish Military History at Various Military Staff Colleges.

Adel Bakawan
Associate Research Fellow at Institut français des relations internationales.

Dr. Roby C. Barrett
Scholar with the Middle East Institute, former Foreign Service Officer.

Dr. Tobias Borck
Research Fellow for Middle East Security Studies at the International Security Studies department at RUSI.

Rt Hon. Alistair Burt
Former Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development (2017-19).

Dr. Guy Burton
Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Vesalius College in Brussels.

Dr. Clemens Chay
Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore.

Dr. Albadr Alshateri
Former Professor at the UAE National Defense College in Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Barry Colfer
Visiting Fellow at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University.

Melanie Dunn
Former Speechwriter and Communications Specialist to Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar.

James Drummond
Former Middle East Correspondent of the Financial Times.

Mary Fitzgerald
Independent Researcher and Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, King’s College London.

Ryan Fletcher
Research Associate with Stimson’s Conventional Defense Program.

Dr. Dalia Ghanem
Resident Scholar at the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center.

Sabina Henneberg
Senior Analyst at Libya-Analysis.

Awssan Kamal
Development Professional and NGO Advisor.

Ali Kassem
Ph.D. Researcher and Doctoral Tutor, University of Sussex.

Dr. Nikolay Kozhanov
Research Associate Professor at the Gulf Studies Center of Qatar University and Consulting Fellow at Chatham House.

Dr. Diana Galeeva
Academic Visitor to St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Merissa Khurma
Program Manager of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center.

Dr. Christian Koch
Project Director with the Gulf Research Center Foundation.

Dr. Peter Krause
Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston College.

Richard Makepeace
Former British Ambassador to Sudan; Registrar of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

Zaki Mehchy
Senior Consulting Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House.

Prof. Mohamed Lamine Mestek-Yahia
Scholar and Head of Department of Political Science at Djilali Bounaama Khemis Miliana University, Algeria.

Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan
Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Niu Xinchun
Research Professor and Director of the CICIR Institute of Middle East Studies.

Hanan Salah
Senior Libya Researcher at Human Rights Watch.

Dr. Annelle Sheline
Research Fellow for the Middle East at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.

Prof. Paul Stevens
Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House.

Rachel Stohl
Vice President and Director of the Conventional Defense Program at the Stimson Center.

Sir Roger Tomkys
Former British Ambassador to Bahrain and Syria.

Dr. Jaafar Bouzomita
Middle East Analyst.

Nora Noralla
Egyptian human rights researcher and consultant.

Shivan Fazil
Middle East and North Africa Programme, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute – SIPRI.

Professor Steven Kaplan
Gail Levin de Nur Professor (Emeritus) of Comparative Religion, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dr. Paul S. Rowe
Professor of Political and International Studies, Trinity Western University.

Fiona McCallum-Guiney
Senior Lecturer, School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews.

Professor Dawn Chatty, FBA
Emeritus Professor in Anthropology and Forced Migration and former Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Dr. Lynn Rose
American University of Iraq, Sulaimani.

Dr. Fariba Parsa
Nonresident Scholar, Iran Program, Middle East Institute.

Dr. Courtney Freer
Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Emory College in the Middle East and South Asian Studies Department.

Dr. Mahmood Monshipouri
San Francisco State University.

Dr. Hamidreza Azizi
Visiting Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin.

Dr. Suleyman Ozeren
Professorial Lecturer at the School of Public Affairs at American University.

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2 July 2022

“Economics and Rebuilding in the Middle East and North Africa” showcases articles about the various ways of conceiving the region’s economies as well as reconstruction.