Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani oversees the International Crisis Group’s North Africa Project. More>

Michael Ayari

Michael Ayari is the International Crisis Group’s senior analyst for Tunisia. More>

Hagar Hajjar Chemali

Hagar Hajjar Chemali is founder and CEO of Greenwich Media Strategies, which offers communications strategy, media engagement and public-relations consulting in areas including national security and counter-illicit finance. Chemali has held senior public-affairs and policy-making positions at the White House, state department and treasury department. More>

Joseph Dana

Joseph Dana, based between South Africa and the Middle East, is editor-in-chief of emerge85, a lab that explores change in emerging markets and its global impact.  More>

James M Dorsey

James M Dorsey is a senior fellow at Singapore’s S Rajaratnam School of International studies and the author of ”The Turbulent World of Middle East.” More>

Jasmine El-Gamal

Jasmine El-Gamal is a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, where she focuses primarily on US Middle East policy and violent extremism. From 2008-2015, El-Gamal served as a Middle East policy advisor and a special assistant for national-security affairs at the US Department of Defense. More>

Rym Tina Ghazal

Rym Tina Ghazal is a peace ambassador, thought/youth leader, documentarian, lecturer and author. In addition, she is an award-winning journalist with over 15 years of experience. In 2003, she became one of the first women of Arab heritage to cover war zones in the Middle East. More>

Jonathan Gornall

Jonathan Gornall is a British journalist, formerly with The Times, who has lived and worked in the Middle East and is now based in the UK. He specializes in health, a subject on which he writes for the British Medical Journal and others. More>

Haid Haid

Haid Haid is a research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London. He is also a consulting research fellow of Chatham House’s Middle East and North Africa program. More>

Jalel Harchaoui

Jalel Harchaoui teaches geopolitics at the Université de Versailles and Université Paris-Est. He also teaches political risk at EDC Paris Business School. He is a PhD candidate in geopolitics at Université de Paris 8. His dissertation focuses on the international dimension of the Libyan conflict. More>

Hasan Alhasan

Hasan Alhasan is a PhD researcher at King’s College London and the National University of Singapore, where his work focuses on Indian foreign policy in the Middle East. Previously, he served as a senior analyst at the office of the first deputy prime minister of Bahrain. More>

Hassan Hassan

Hassan Hassan is a senior fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy in Washington. He is the co-author of “ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror,” a New York Times bestseller that was also chosen as one of the London Times’ Best Books of 2015. More>

Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Hussain Abdul-Hussain is the Washington bureau chief of Kuwaiti daily Al-Rai and a former visiting fellow at Chatham House in London. More>

Maysa Jalbout

Maysa Jalbout is the founding CEO of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education – a philanthropy with a goal of educating 15,000 youth within 10 years. Forbes recognized her as one of the 100 most powerful businesswomen in the Arab world in 2016 and 2017. More>

Nibras Kazimi

Nibras Kazimi is the author of “Syria Through Jihadist Eyes: A Perfect Enemy.” More>

Ellen Laipson

Ellen Laipson is director of the international security program at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She is a former president and CEO of the Stimson Center. She was also previously vice chair of the National Intelligence Council. More>

Nick Leech

Nick Leech is a writer and qualified landscape architect who specializes in the art, architecture and heritage of the Gulf and wider Middle East. More>

Haifa Ahmed AlMaashi

Haifa Ahmed AlMaashi is director of geostrategic studies at the Dubai Public Policy Research Centre. More>

Suha Ma’ayeh

Suha Ma’ayeh is a journalist based in Amman, Jordan. More>

Ann Marie McQueen

Ann Marie McQueen, based in Abu Dhabi, is a freelance journalist working in digital, print and broadcast media. More>

Alexa Mena

Alexa Mena is a writer for the online health and fitness magazine, livehealthy.ae. More>

Robin Mills

Robin Mills is CEO of Qamar Energy, and author of “The Myth of the Oil Crisis.” More>

Afshin Molavi

Afshin Molavi is the co-director of emerge85, a lab that explores change in emerging markets and its global impact. He is also a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. More>

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is a UAE-based columnist. More>

John Sheldon

John B Sheldon is chairman and president of ThorGroup, a technology-policy consulting company and publisher of SpaceWatch Global. More>

Kirk H Sowell

Kirk H Sowell is a political-risk analyst and publisher of the biweekly newsletter, Inside Iraqi Politics. More>

Yun Sun

Yun Sun is director of the China program and co-director of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, US-China relations and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes. More>

Ömer Taşpınar

Ömer Taşpınar is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor of national-security strategy at the National Defense University in Washington. More>

Steve Tsang

Steve Tsang is professor of Chinese studies and director of the China Institute at SOAS, University of London. He is known for introducing the concept of “consultative Leninism” as an analytical framework to understand the structure and nature of politics in contemporary China. More>

Ellen R Wald

Ellen R Wald is a historian, policy expert and business consultant. She is the author of “Saudi, Inc: The Arabian Kingdom’s Pursuit of Profit and Power.” Wald is also president of Transversal Consulting, an energy and geopolitics firm. More>

Faisal Al Yafai

Faisal Al Yafai is currently writing a book on the Middle East and is a frequent commentator on international TV news networks. He has worked for news outlets such as The Guardian and the BBC, and reported on the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. More>