Middle East and North Africa Experts

Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations; Former Iraqi Ambassador to the United States
Samir Sumaida'ie was born in Baghdad in 1944. After having graduated from Durham University, UK, he started and ran a design business in London. Sumaida'ie was a leader in  the opposition to Saddam Hussain. After returning from exile, he became a member of the Governing Council in 2002, then the Minister of Interior in 2004 and Permanent Representative to the UN in 2004 until 2006, an...
Professor of History, University of Michigan
RONALD GRIGOR SUNY is the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History and Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago.  He is the author of The Baku Commune, 1917-1918:  Class and Nationality in the Russian Revolution (Princeton University Press, 1972); Armenia in the Twentieth Century (Scholars Press, 1983); The Making of the G...
Senior Fellow, Harriman Institute
Professor of History, University of Virginia; Senior J.R. Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace (2007-08)
Elizabeth F. Thompson is professor of history at the University of Virginia.  She is author of Justice Interrupted:  The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East  (Harvard, 2013), which profiles a dozen political movements against tyranny and inequality in the Middle East since 1839, culminating in the Arab uprisings of 2011.  Her first book, Colonial Citizens:...
Former Congressional Correspondent, New York Times; Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief, The Hill Newspaper.
Associate Professor, China Studies Institute, Shanghai Academy of Social Science
Dr. WANG Zhen, associate professor of international studies at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), is currently General-Secretary of the Center for West Asia and North Africa Studies at the SASS. He received his Ph.D. in international politics from the Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), and he was also an exchange scholar at the Tel Aviv University, Israel during 2005-20...
Staff Writer for the Middle East, diplomacy, and national security, The Washington Post
Professor of Communication, University of Haifa, Israel.
Gabriel Weimann is a Full Professor of Communication at the Department of Communication at Haifa University, Israel.  His research interests include the study of media effects, political campaigns, new media technologies and their social impact, persuasion and influence, media and public opinion, modern terrorism and the mass media. He published eight books: Communicating Unreality (Los Angel...
Journalist and Beirut Bureau Chief, The New York Times
Journalist and Author/Editor of eight books, most recently editor of "The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are"
Robin Wright is a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a contributing writer to The New Yorker. She has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents and has covered a dozen wars and several revolutions. She is a former diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post and has also written for The New York Times Magazine,...

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