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Middle East and North Africa politics
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 U.S.-Iran relations, Iran’s nuclear program, Iranian culture and society, and the Iranian diaspora.
Rashid Khalidi is Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University. He is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and was president of the Middle East Studies Association. 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.
Alireza Nader is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where he focuses on Iran and U.S. policy in the Middle East. He also researches the Islamic Republic’s systematic repression of religious freedom and serves on ADL’s Task Force on Middle East Minorities.
Hussein A. Amery is a professor and director of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Division (HASS) at Colorado School of Mines. His research is centered on water and food security in the Middle East, with a focus on the Arab Gulf states.
Laila Lalami is a Moroccan-American writer and a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. 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.
Akbar Ahmed is a diplomat and the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. He is an expert on contemporary Islam. 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.
Hisham Aidi is a senior lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. His research focuses on migration and transnational movements, African migration into Europe, and race and ethnicity in Northwest Africa.
Samer S. Shehata is the Colin Mackey and Patricia Molina de Mackey Associate Professor of Middle East studies and the Middle East Studies program coordinator at the University of Oklahoma. He has taught at Columbia, New York University, Georgetown University and the American University in Cairo.