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Middle East Community


Prof. Riccardo Redaelli

Director of the Center for Research on the Southern System and Wider Mediterranean of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, and the Director of the Master in Middle Eastern Studies at the Graduate School of Economics and International Relations - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.


Walid Phares

American political scientist, author, and advisor. He served as Foreign Policy advisor to President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign and as senior National Security advisor to Presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2011 and 2012.


Dr. Saud Al-Sharafat

Former Brig. Gen in the Jordanian General Intelligence Directorate, as well as founder and chairman of the Shorufat ِCenter for the Study of Globalization and Terrorism.


Michael Pregent

Senior Middle East analyst, a former adjunct lecturer for the College of International Security Affairs, and a visiting fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University.


Dr. Jonathan Spyer

Author of Days of the Fall: A Reporter’s Journey in the Syria and Iraq Wars (2017), and The Transforming Fire: the Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict (2010).  


Soner Cagaptay

Beyer Family Fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute


Prof. F. Gregory Gause, III

Professor of International Affairs and Head of the International Affairs Department at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University. 


Dr. Giorgio Cafiero

CEO and founder of Gulf State Analytics, a geopolitical risk consultancy based in Washington, DC


Prof. Joshua Landis

Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Professor at the University of Oklahoma's College of International Studies


Prof. Shaul Mishal

Head of the Middle East Program at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC, and the Brian Mulroney Professor of Government at Tel Aviv University


Dr. Ahmet Erdi Ozturk

 Lecturer/Assistant Professor of politics and international relations at London Metropolitan University and co-editor of Edinburgh University Press Series on Modern Turkey

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Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad

Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. Honorary affiliated researcher at Freie Universität (FU) Berlin’s Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics and at the Centre d’Études de la Coopération Internationale et du Développement (CECID) of Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

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