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Expert Contributors

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.

Thisanka Siripala
Journalist specializing in Japanese business, economic policy, technology and social problems.

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 SS 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

Callum Printsmith
Researcher for the Anglo-Omani Society

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

Aydın Ulu
MENAF Current Affairs Analyst

Robert Clark
Postgraduate Researcher at King’s College London War Studies Department

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

Peyman Asadzade
School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University

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

Zainab Mehdi
Researcher and Freelance Journalist specialising in governance, development, and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa region

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