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Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck

Dr Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck is a research analyst at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. She is an expert on extreme violence, and terrorism, with a focus on Islamism and jihadism in Algeria. She has been a guest speaker in various conferences and she has published on political and extremist violence, including work on Islamism in Algeria, the DRS and the "pouvoir" but also on the participation of women in jihadi groups and articles about the Islamic State.
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@NoonArabia is a blogger, @SupportYemen co-founder and a Political Science graduate from American University Cairo.
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The author is a Middle Eastern woman who grew up in Jordan and has been able to explore the world from there. She has camped in Petra, touched the sky at Burj Khalifa,...
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An Iranian-American female based in the United States, A.G. Firouz uses her mixed-base nationality to report on the evolving nature of US-Middle East relations and...
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Aaron Magid

Aaron Magid @AaronMagid

Aaron is a graduate student at Harvard University in Middle Eastern Studies. His work has appeared in the New Republic, Al-Monitor, and Haaretz.
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Abdalhadi Alijla @Abdalhadihadi

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Abdellah Mallek @AbdellahMALLEK

Abdellah Mallek is active in the entrepreneurship and startup scenes in Algeria.
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Abdulhamid Qabbani

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Abdulla Hawez @abdullahawez

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Abdulrahman E. Al Lily

Abdulrahman E. Al Lily

Abdulrahman E. Al Lily, PhD (Oxford), is a Saudi Assistant Professor at King Faisal University and a Common Room Member at Wolfson College, the University of Oxford....
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Abeer Ayyoub

Abeer Ayyoub @abeerayyoub

Abeer graduated from the Islamic University of Gaza with a BA in English Literature and has been reporting since 2011 for international media outlets.
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Abubakr al-Shamahi

Abubakr al-Shamahi @abubakrabdullah

Abubakr al-Shamahi is a British-Yemeni freelance journalist, and the editor of, a platform for young people to write about the region.
Abul-Hasanat Siddique

Abul-Hasanat Siddique @abul_hasanat

Abul-Hasanat is an author and journalist. He is the Managing Editor at Fair Observer, a US-based nonprofit organization. Abul-Hasanat is co-author of The Arab Uprisings:...
Adam Baron

Adam Baron @adammbaron

Adam is a freelance journalist based in Sanaa, Yemen who reports regularly for the Daily Telegraph, McClatchy Newspapers and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow his blog
Adam Hedengren

Adam Hedengren @AHedengren

Adam is co-founder and editor of Your Middle East. He has studied Arabic and Middle Eastern history, and previously lived in Syria and Tunisia. He is an active voice...
Adam Walker

Adam Walker @AdamWalkerGB

Adam holds degrees in both Arabic-Theology and Law respectively. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Middle Eastern history and has delivered lectures and published...
Adela Suliman

Adela Suliman @ASBintBattuta

Adela is a British-Sudanese freelance journalist and has lived in Tripoli since 2012.
Adham Farah

Adham Farah

Adham has written articles for Beyond Magazine and Beirut Times Newspaper and is currently residing in Beirut.
Adnan Abu Amer

Adnan Abu Amer @adnanabuamer1

Adnan is a Palestinian writer living in Gaza. He is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the National University for Open Education and a political...
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Adnan Oktar

Adnan Oktar @adnan_oktar

Under the pen-name Harun Yahya, Mr. Adnan Oktar has authored some 300 books in 73 languages on political, faith-related and scientific issues which have been read...
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Adra El Azzouzi

Adra El Azzouzi

Adra El Azzouzi is a King’s College London postgraduate, with international academic track record in Middle Eastern politics. She currently interns at ECFR...
Adrian Mourby

Adrian Mourby

Adrian is an award-winning writer and producer, who was recently one of the five finalists for the award of UK Travel Journalist of the Year.
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Afef Abrougui

Afef Abrougui @Afaf_TN

Afef Abrougui is a Tunis based freelance journalist and an author for Global Voices Online. She was a former reporter for the free speech NGO Index on Censorship.
Afrah  Nasser

Afrah Nasser @Afrahnasser

Afrah is a Yemeni blogger, writer, graduate student in communication at Gothenburg University in Sweden, and co-founder of @YemeniSalon.
Agaila Abba

Agaila Abba @Agailita

Agaila is a Sahrawi born in the refugee camps in Algeria. She is currently pursuing her studies in Political Science and International Studies with a focus in African...
Ahlam Hamid Al-Watary

Ahlam Hamid Al-Watary

Ahlam is a freelance journalist, writer and English teacher from Sana'a, Yemen.
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Ahmad Jamal El-Merabi

Ahmad Jamal El-Merabi

Ahmad is a Consultant and Advisor on US-MENA Geopolitics and International Affairs. He served as a political advisor for two successive U.S. Congressional campaigns,...
Ahmad Qabaha

Ahmad Qabaha

Ahmad is a PhD student of comparative and postcolonial literature at Lancaster University, UK. He has recently published ‘The Complications of Exile and Belonging...
Ahmed Al-haddad

Ahmed Al-haddad @AhmdHaddad

Ahmed is a Bahraini researcher and a political and social rights advocate.
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Ahmed Ezz Eldin

Ahmed Ezz Eldin @a_ezz_eldin

Ahmed is a PhD candidate at Columbia University. His research focuses on the political economy of the Middle East. He is a former researcher at TUSIAD Competitiveness...
Ahmed Kadry

Ahmed Kadry @AhmedKadry

Ahmed is a PhD candidate at the Imperial College of London where he is researching women's socio-political discourse and identity in the 1952 and 2011 Egyptian...
Ahmet Uysal

Ahmet Uysal @auysal5

Dr. Uysal is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Marmara University in Istanbul.
Ahu Yigit

Ahu Yigit @AhuYigit1

Ahu is a Kone Foundation fellow. She has published extensively on democratic transitions, culture and modernity in Turkey and the Muslim world. She has previously...
Aisha Habli

Aisha Habli @HyperchickAisha

Aisha Habli works as a public relations and media specialist. She is a peace activist and a member of the Media Association for Peace and MasterPeace Lebanon.
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Akil N Awan

Akil N Awan @Akil_N_Awan

Dr. Akil N. Awan is Lecturer in Modern History, Political Violence and Terrorism in both the Department of History and the Department Politics & International...
Al-Hussein Al-Midrat

Al-Hussein Al-Midrat

Al-Hussein Al-Midrat is a member of the Council of Youth Leaders in Agadir, and the director of the electronic newspaper Agadir TV. He studies Arab Culture and Arts at the University of Ibn Zahr.
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Alan Kadduri

Alan Kadduri @AlanKadduri

Alan carries a M.Sc. in Business & Development Studies from Copenhagen Business School, and is currently working in development consulting. He has a passion...
Alastair Sloan

Alastair Sloan @alastairsloan

Alastair is a London-based journalist, working for British newspapers The Guardian and The Independent, and more specialist websites like Index on Censorship, Middle...
Alessandra Abbona

Alessandra Abbona @AlessAbbona

Alessandra is an Italian freelance writer. You can follow her work at
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Alex Malouf

Alex Malouf @alex_malouf

Alex Malouf has lived in the Gulf for almost a decade. He now resides in Dubai.
Alexander Gaute

Alexander Gaute @alexgaute

Alexander is studying to become a teacher, and currently resides in Varanasi, India, to research the use of the Qur’an in Islamic education.
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Alexandra Ivanoff

Alexandra Ivanoff

Alexandra is an American journalist living in Istanbul since 2007. She is a regular contributor to TIME OUT ISTANBUL monthly magazine since 2008 and TODAY'S...
Alexandra Vaughan

Alexandra Vaughan

Alexandra Vaughan lived in Ramallah, working with the Central Elections Commission - Palestine, after spending time last year teaching in Nablus.
Alexandra Wicksell

Alexandra Wicksell @AWicksell

Alexandra is studying for a MSc in Middle East Politics at the London School of Oriental and African Studies. She recently lived in Tunisia.
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Alfred G. Gerteiny

Alfred G. Gerteiny

Alfred is an author, lecturer and consultant on the Middle East, Islam, Terrorism, international security, and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. He is a former...
Ali A. Olomi

Ali A. Olomi @aaolomi

Ali is an Afghan-American activist, writer and historian of the Middle East who publishes on matters of religion, politics, and gender and sexuality.
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Ali Alawi

Ali Alawi

Ali is a Bahraini freelance journalist, and currently works full-time as a public relations coordinator. He works with Bahrain TV on project basis, and was the managing...
Ali Fathollah-Nejad

Ali Fathollah-Nejad

Ali is a German-Iranian political scientist educated at universities in Germany, France and the Netherlands. Currently, he is finalizing his Ph.D. thesis at the...
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Ali Kadri

Ali Kadri

Dr Ali Kadri is a Senior Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Middle East Institute. Kadri was visiting fellow in LSE’s Department...
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Ali Mamouri

Ali Mamouri

Ali is a PhD Candidate at the Institute for Social Justice at Australian Catholic University
Alia Fakhry

Alia Fakhry

Alia is a graduate student at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University. She lives between the Middle East, Europe and West Africa. Her interests range...
Alia Turki Al-Rabeo

Alia Turki Al-Rabeo @endprejudice

Alia is a journalist. She co-founded Silent Heroes, Invisible Bridges won UN X-Cultural Reporting Award 2010. Besides reporting for regional newspapers, she has...
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Alice Curci

Alice Curci

Alice is studying Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King's College, London. She is currently doing an internship at Your Middle East and can be reached at
Alina Abouelenin

Alina Abouelenin

Alina is currently pursuing a Masters in Journalism at Columbia University.
Latest articles by Alina Abouelenin:
Alon Ben-Meir

Alon Ben-Meir

Alon Ben-Meir is a professor of international relations at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU. He teaches courses on international negotiation and Middle Eastern...
Alpaslan Ozerdem

Alpaslan Ozerdem

Alpaslan is Chair in Peace-Building and Co-Director of Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University. He leads the CPRS Turkey – Peace...
Alpaslan Ozerdem

Alpaslan Ozerdem

Alpaslan is Chair in Peace-Building and Co-Director of Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.
Amine Ghali

Amine Ghali

Amine Ghali is the Programme Director of Al Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center (KADEM).
Amr El-Abyad

Amr El-Abyad

Amr studied Electrical Engineering and has worked in project management. He later obtained a master degree in environmental engineering in addition to doing post-graduate...
Anahita Hosseini

Anahita Hosseini

Anahita has a law degree from Tehran University and is currently studying Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University, Sweden. In Iran she was a student activist and...
Andrea Calabretta

Andrea Calabretta

Andrea is a writer, editor, content strategist, and storyteller. She was previously based in Tunisia. Visit her website:
Andres Guadamuz

Andres Guadamuz

Dr Andres Guadamuz is a Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Sussex.
Angela Boskovitch

Angela Boskovitch @aboskovitch

Angela is a Cairo-based writer, researcher and cultural producer.
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Anna Kokko

Anna Kokko @kokk_a

Anna is a freelance journalist currently based in Brussels.
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Anna-Theresa Bachmann

Anna-Theresa Bachmann

Anna-Theresa is a Master student in Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University. She spent two semesters in Cairo and is one of the co-organizers of 'Sidewalk...
Anne Irfan

Anne Irfan

Anne is a PhD student at the London School of Economics, where she is researching the history of the Palestinian refugee camps. In March 2016 she spoke in the UK...
Anno Bunnik

Anno Bunnik @Eurabist

Anno Bunnik is a Fellow at the Centre for Applied Research in Security Innovation at Liverpool Hope University. Check out his blog
Anonymous author

Anonymous author

The author, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a former official of an EU member state who was tasked with the Middle East Peace Process.
Antonia  Roupell

Antonia Roupell @ataroupell

Antonia is an independent documentary filmmaker and journalist specialising in stories from the MENA region. She is based between London and Beirut.
Aras Ahmed Mhamad

Aras Ahmed Mhamad

Aras is a freelance journalist and regular contributor for Fair Observer. He is the Founder and Deputy Editor of SMART, an independent English magazine that focuses...
Arash Armadi

Arash Armadi

"Arash Armadi" is the pseudonym of a teenage Iranian-American who recently lived in Iran to experience the country.
Arash & Omid Irani

Arash & Omid Irani

Arash is a student at Rutgers University pursuing a degree majoring in Political Sciences with a minor in History. He predominantly analyzes the most pressing issues...
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Ardeshir  and Gholam Vatandoust

Ardeshir and Gholam Vatandoust

Ardeshir Vatandoust is a professional engineer in Petroleum and Mining and Dr. Gholam Vatandoust is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the American University of Kuwait.
Latest articles by Ardeshir and Gholam Vatandoust:
Ariel Azoff

Ariel Azoff @ArielAzoff

Ariel is a writer, traveler and occasional entrepreneur. In 2010, she moved to the Middle East to work in international advocacy for the Mossawa Center, the Advocacy...
Armenak Tokmajyan

Armenak Tokmajyan

Armenak Tokmajyan, an Armenian who has lived in Syria, is currently a student at the Master's Degree programme in Peace, Mediation and conflict Resolution at the University of Tampere.
Arshiah Parween

Arshiah Parween

Arshiah is an Indian born and raised in Kuwait. As a Middle Eastern enthusiast her research interests revolve around women issues and education in the region. You...
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Asger Gørup Nielsen

Asger Gørup Nielsen @AsgerGoerup

Asger is a Danish freelance journalist currently based in Beirut. He writes mostly about human rights issues and the overlooked stories in Lebanon. He is educated...
Asli Elitsoy

Asli Elitsoy

Asli is a Ph.D. candidate with the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Bilkent University in Turkey.
Aslihan Agaoglu

Aslihan Agaoglu @Asli_Agaoglu

Aslihan Agaoglu was born in İstanbul and worked as a lawyer before she moved to England, where she did her MA in creative writing at the University of Kent. She...
Asma Mehan

Asma Mehan @asmamehan

Asma Mehan is a Research Fellow at Deakin University and a PhD Candidate at Politecnico di Torino, Politecnico di Torino.
Atiaf Zaid Alwazir

Atiaf Zaid Alwazir @womanfromyemen

Atiaf Zaid Alwazir is a researcher and blogger based in Sana'a. She is also a co-founder of the media advocacy group @SupportYemen.
Latest articles by Atiaf Zaid Alwazir :
Avi Zimmerman

Avi Zimmerman @avraham_david

Avi Zimmerman is the international representative of Ariel, an Israeli settlement and city in the West Bank. He is the Executive Director of Ariel Development Fund...
Aya Al-Hakim

Aya Al-Hakim

Aya is an Iraqi-Canadian writer, poet, and journalism student at the University of King’s College, Halifax. She lived in Amman and developed a passion for...
Aya Chebbi

Aya Chebbi @aya_chebbi

Aya is an award winning Tunisian blogger, women's advocate and peace activist.
Ayat Mneina

Ayat Mneina @ShababLibya

Ayat Mneina is one of the founding members of the Libyan Youth Movement and the Libyan Youth Forum, both established to help support Libya during and after the revolution...
Ümit Dag

Ümit Dag

Ümit is a Swedish-Syriac comedian.
Özer Khalid

Özer Khalid @ozerkhalid

Özer is a Senior Consultant, Geo-Strategist and a Freelance Journalist.
Latest articles by Özer Khalid:
Bahar Baser and Ahmet Erdi Öztürk

Bahar Baser and Ahmet Erdi Öztürk

Bahar Baser (left) is Research Fellow at Coventry University. Ahmet Erdi Öztürk (right) is a PhD Candidate and Research Assistant at University of Ljubljana.
Latest articles by Bahar Baser and Ahmet Erdi Öztürk:
Balsam Mustafa

Balsam Mustafa @BalsamAwni

Balsam is a PhD student in Modern Languages & Politics at University of Birmingham.
Bana Bissat

Bana Bissat @bananapook

Bana is a Beirut-based regular contributor to Your Middle East. Visit Bana's website
Barah Mikail

Barah Mikail

Barah Mikail is Senior Researcher on MENA issues at FRIDE, a European think tank for global action.
Latest articles by Barah Mikail:
Baris Mumyakmaz

Baris Mumyakmaz @barismumyakmaz

Baris is a young journalist based in Istanbul. He has written for Cumhuriyet, Milliyet, bianet, The Mass Media and Zete. In 2008, one of his works was awarded by...
Barzoo Eliassi

Barzoo Eliassi

Barzoo works at the International Migration Institute, Oxford University. He is the author of Contesting Kurdish Identities in Sweden: Quest for Belonging among...
Bashar Alaeddin

Bashar Alaeddin @BAlaeddin

Bashar is a Jordanian-Lebanese freelance photographer. He is also the Founder & Owner of Adasat Studios
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Bassam Aoun

Bassam Aoun @HeyItsBassam

Bassam Aoun is a Business Editor at Your Middle East. He is currently based in Abu Dhabi and holds a BA in Economics from the American University of Beirut and an...
Bassem Aly

Bassem Aly @BaBasem

Bassem Aly is an international affairs specialist at Ahram Online. He is also seeking a Masters degree in Middle East Studies from Cairo University.
Bayan Itani

Bayan Itani @BayanItani

Bayan Itani is a Lebanese freelance writer and researcher. You find her at
Bayan Perazzo

Bayan Perazzo @BintBattuta87

Bayan Perazzo is an educator specialising in MENA politics and Islamic Studies.
Latest articles by Bayan Perazzo:
Ben  Ahmide

Ben Ahmide

"Ben Ahmide", a pseudonym used for security reasons, is an analyst based in Derna, Libya.
Benedetta Berti

Benedetta Berti

Dr. Benedetta Berti is Associate Fellow with the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), and lecturer at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Berti is a frequent news...
Benedikt van den Woldenberg

Benedikt van den Woldenberg @bvdwoldenberg

Benedikt is a Junior Member at NISIS and is currently finishing his Master (Research) in Middle Eastern Studies at Leiden University. He has studied in Damascus...
Brett Marsh

Brett Marsh

Brett recently spent a year in Cairo. He is passionate about photography and has blogged for Harvard International Review.
Latest articles by Brett Marsh:
Burcak Unsal

Burcak Unsal @BurcakUnsal

Burcak Unsal is admitted to New York Bar & Istanbul Bar. He is a patent & trademark attorney and regional counsel to a major technology company. Unsal is...
Bushra Nasr

Bushra Nasr

Currently based in Sweden, Bushra holds two master degrees, one in Finance Management and another in Management Information System-MIS. She has more than 13 years...
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Calum  Toogood

Calum Toogood @CalumToogood

Calum Toogood is a freelance photojournalist, previously based in Ramallah.
Carl Stellweg

Carl Stellweg @CarlStellweg

Carl is an experienced journalist, specialised in the Middle East and the Islamic world. He was born in Beirut and has traveled to Algeria, Albania, Bosnia, Israel...
Catherine Shakdam

Catherine Shakdam

Catherine is a political analyst for the Middle East with a special focus on Yemen and radical movements. The Associate Director of the Beirut Center for Middle...
Charles Dusart

Charles Dusart @charles_dusart

Passionate about entrepreneurship, Charles Dusart has created eTâ and co-organizes the Apéro Entrepreneurs Tunis. Extremely curious, he enjoys discovering new startups.
Charlie Carlo Sciammas

Charlie Carlo Sciammas

Charlie is a community organizer with PODER (People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights) in San Francisco, California, USA (
Charlie Cooper

Charlie Cooper @cwhcooper

Charlie is a London-based researcher of Middle Eastern politics and Islamist movements. He is currently based at the Quilliam Foundation and regularly contributes...
Charlie Hoyle

Charlie Hoyle @CharlieCHoyle

Charlie is a senior editor with Ma'an News Agency in Bethlehem and has worked in the Middle East since 2009.
Chris Toensing

Chris Toensing

Chris Toensing is the executive director of the Middle East Research and Information Project.
Latest articles by Chris Toensing:
Christina Malkoun

Christina Malkoun @CMalkoun

Christina Malkoun is a freelance Photojournalist and Documentary Photographer. Currently living in Beirut, Lebanon. Working as the Art Director of ELLE Arab World...
Christine Petré

Christine Petré @christinepetre

Christine Petré is an editor at Your Middle East. You can follow her work at
Christopher Dekki

Christopher Dekki @CDekki

Christopher Dekki, a full time activist, does political advocacy at the United Nations. He is the Coordinator of the UN Advocacy Team for the International Movement...
Claire Sadar

Claire Sadar

Claire Sadar holds an MA in Religion and Society from Boston University and a BA in History from Dickinson College. She has lived in Istanbul and Bursa and was a...
Colleen Boland

Colleen Boland

Colleen Boland has worked in the NGO sector in her hometown of Washington, DC. She received a MA in Near and Middle East Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London).
Conor McCormick-Cavanagh

Conor McCormick-Cavanagh

Conor is a journalist focusing on Tunisia. He also works in the Tunisian education field, promoting cross-cultural understanding.
Cornelia Zeineddine

Cornelia Zeineddine

Cornelia is currently doing an LLM in International and European Business at the French-Romanian Juridical College in Bucharest. She lived and worked in Lebanon in 2012.
Latest articles by Cornelia Zeineddine:
Cristina Rojo

Cristina Rojo @cristinarojo

Cristina is a freelance journalist from Spain. She is part of the founder team of EMAJ Magazine, an intercultural magazine made by a network of young journalists...
Latest articles by Cristina Rojo:
Cristina Casabón and Helene Michou

Cristina Casabón and Helene Michou

Cristina Casabón is a researcher focusing on the Middle East. She is Co-founder of Baab al Shams and she is currently collaborating as a researcher with the...
Latest articles by Cristina Casabón and Helene Michou:
Cynthia Kreichati

Cynthia Kreichati @CynthiaKr

Cynthia started out her career as a pharmacist and then opted for a change. She is now studying to become a sociologist at the American University of Beirut. Passionate...
Dafne van Baarle

Dafne van Baarle

Dafne studied Arabic Language and Culture in The Netherlands. She lived, worked and travels extensively in the Middle East. She blogs about the region (in Dutch) on
Dalia  Ghanem-Yazbeck

Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck @DaliaGhanemYazb

Dr Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck is a research analyst at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. She is an expert on extreme violence, and terrorism, with a focus on...
Latest articles by Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck:
Dalia Rabie

Dalia Rabie @deerabie

Dalia is a journalist based in Cairo. She worked as the Features Editor for Daily News Egypt where she covered topics ranging from politics to culture and lifestyle,...
Dalila Mahdawi

Dalila Mahdawi @DalilaMahdawi

Dalila is a human rights journalist based in Beirut and London. She currently works at the Lebanese American University.
Dallia M. Abdelmoniem

Dallia M. Abdelmoniem @dalliasd

Dallia M. Abdelmoniem is a Sudanese journalist based in Egypt. Her interests include international politics and pop culture, and has written extensively on Egypt...
Damian  Radcliffe

Damian Radcliffe @damianradcliffe

Damian is a digital analyst, journalist and researcher with 20 years of experience in editorial, research and policy positions. He writes regularly about digital...
Damon Golriz

Damon Golriz @DamonGolriz

Damon Golriz is an Iranian-Dutch political commentator. He is a lecturer at The Hague University of applied sciences and a fellow of the research group International Peace, Justice and Security.
Dana Ballout

Dana Ballout @danaballout961

Dana Ballout is a Lebanese-American journalist who recently completed a MSJ degree from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern. Her main concentration...
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Danah Abdullah

Danah Abdullah @kalimatkalimat

Danah is the co-founder of Kalimat Magazine.
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Daniel Noah Moses

Daniel Noah Moses

Dr Daniel Noah Moses is the Director of Educator Programs at Seeds of Peace. He lives in Jerusalem.
Daniel Nour

Daniel Nour @daniel_nour

Daniel Nour is a journalist with experience in radio, print and TV. He has a degree in Media and Communications from Sydney University and a major in Arabic and...
Daoud Kuttab

Daoud Kuttab @daoudkuttab

Daoud, a former professor of journalism at Princeton University, is General Manager of the Community Media Network in Amman.
David B. Roberts

David B. Roberts @thegulfblog

David B. Roberts is the Director of RUSI Qatar and is the author of an upcoming book on Qatar’s foreign and security policy. His blog can be found at
Latest articles by David B. Roberts:
David Ha'ivri

David Ha'ivri @haivri

David is an Israeli writer and speaker. He is a settler and deals with international affairs on behalf of the Jewish communities in the West Bank.
David Zohar

David Zohar

Ambassador (ret.) David Zohar served for 40 years as an Israeli diplomat in Nepal, India, USA, Norway, Egypt, the Gulf and at the United Nations in New York. He...
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Deen Sharp

Deen Sharp @deensharp

Deen is a PhD candidate at CUNY-GC in Earth and Environmental Science. He wrote a series for Your Middle East on Urban processes in the region, read more here:
Denijal Jegić

Denijal Jegić

Denijal Jegić is a PhD candidate in Transnational American Studies at JGU (Mainz). He currently resides in Beirut, Lebanon.
Deniz Çifçi

Deniz Çifçi

Dr. Deniz Çifçi is a Middle East analyst at the Centre for Turkey Studies in London.
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Diaa Aljurdy

Diaa Aljurdy

Diaa is a Lebanese freelance journalist based in Beirut.
Dilar Dirik

Dilar Dirik @DilarDirik

Dilar Dirik is a Kurdish blogger born in Antakya, Turkey.
Dina Abi Farraj

Dina Abi Farraj

Dina is a Beirut-based member of Your Middle East's Ambassadors' Network.
Latest articles by Dina Abi Farraj :
Dina K. Hussein

Dina K. Hussein

Dina K. Hussein is the opinion editor of Egypt Independent. She is also a history PhD candidate at Georgetown University.
Dina Yazdani

Dina Yazdani @_DinaYazdani

Dina studies International Affairs at Lewis & Clark College, and aspires to be a journalist based out of the Middle East. She is currently a news team member...
Djamila Ould Khettab

Djamila Ould Khettab @DJouldkhettab

Djamila is a graduate from Sciences Po and obtained her Master's degree in bilingual English-French Journalism at Sorbonne University. She has written for Jeune...
Dmitriy Frolovskiy

Dmitriy Frolovskiy

Dmitriy is a researcher who specializes in the Middle East and Russia. He has worked and studied in Russia for many years. He also spent part of his career studying...
Domhnall O'Sullivan

Domhnall O'Sullivan

Domhnall holds a MA in EU International Relations and Diplomacy from the College of Europe, Bruges. He is a researcher specializing in MENA issues and will be based in Beirut from February 2014.
Dominic Bowen

Dominic Bowen @dominicbowen

Dominic Bowen is a humanitarian specialist currently working in the Middle East, with experience in several conflict environments including Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan....
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Douglas Murray

Douglas Murray

Douglas Murray is the Associate Director at the Henry Jackson Society. He previously founded the Centre for Social Cohesion, a think tank studying extremism and...
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Eamonn Sheehy

Eamonn Sheehy @migratetofringe

Eamonn is a freelance writer based in Ireland. His writings are informed by experiences working with various NGO's in the areas of human rights, asylum and...
Ebru Buyukgul

Ebru Buyukgul

Ebru works for the International Institute for Environment and Development and is currently based in London. She is also a freelance writer and blogger focusing...
Edward M. Gabriel

Edward M. Gabriel

Edward is a former US Ambassador to Morocco, and serves as President and CEO of the American Task Force for Lebanon.
Eleanor Zafra Weber-Ballard

Eleanor Zafra Weber-Ballard

Eleanor is a media and communications director operating within the international development sector. With a particular interest in the Islamic world, she has spent...
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Elham Manea

Elham Manea @ElhamManea

Elham Manea is of dual nationalities, Yemeni and Swiss. She is an associate professor at Zurich University specialized on the Middle East, a writer, and a human...
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Elie Abouaoun

Elie Abouaoun @elie022

Dr. Elie Abouaoun is Director of Middle East Programs at United States Institute of Peace.
Eliot Benman

Eliot Benman

Eliot worked for several years in Syria and Egypt as a freelance journalist, covering business affairs and developmental issues. He holds a Bachelors degree in Political...
Elisa Gennaro

Elisa Gennaro

Elisa Gennaro is an Italian freelance journalist, Middle East competent with a long background in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. She shares her time between Italy and the Gulf.
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Elisa Pierandrei

Elisa Pierandrei @shotofwhisky

Elisa is an Italian journalist and author based in Milan. She holds an M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the American University in Cairo. She writes about contemporary Arab culture.
Ellie Karoubi

Ellie Karoubi

Ellie is a LLB law student at Queen Mary, University of London. She has a deep interest in research and critical analysis on various legal issues in the Middle East, most notably Iran.
Emad Shahin

Emad Shahin

Emad is a visiting professor of political science at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics.
Emelia Frennmark

Emelia Frennmark

Emelia Frennmark is Feld representative Iraq at The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation's office in Erbil.
Emily Holman

Emily Holman

Emily is in the third year of her doctorate at the University of Oxford, where she works on the contribution made by literature to moral knowledge. She is British-Lebanese.
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Enno Maessen

Enno Maessen @ennomaessen

Enno is a historian and independent writer specialized in the history of Modern Turkey. He is based in Turkey and the Netherlands.
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Eric Reidy

Eric Reidy @Eric_Reidy

Eric Reidy is a journalist and researcher writing about entrepreneurship, the environment, and culture in the Levant.
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Esseline van de Sande

Esseline van de Sande @EsselinevdSande

Esseline is a social psychologist and an experienced moderator who has been facilitating intercultural dialogue in Europe and the Middle East (Syria, Jordan) over...
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Eti Livni

Eti Livni

Adv. Eti Livni is a former Member of Knesset and is a Steering Committee Member of the Geneva Initiative and of Forum Dvorah: Women in Policy and National Security
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Eva  Kirilof

Eva Kirilof

Eva is a Belgian art blogger currently based in Israel who runs and curates The Bubblist, an open window on the contemporary art world with a special focus on the...
Evie Soli

Evie Soli @solievie

Evie is a postgraduate from CMES, Lund University and has been working and studied in the MENA region. Her field of interest centers on various forms of development,...
Fabienne Dupuis

Fabienne Dupuis @FabDupuis

Fabienne Dupuis has been working as a freelance travel journalist for almost a decade, endlessly roving around the planet and more particularly the Middle East.
Fadi Elhusseini

Fadi Elhusseini @FElhusseini

Fadi is a political and media counselor in Turkey. He is an associate research fellow (ESRC) at the Institute for Middle East Studies-Canada and a doctoral candidate...
Fadi Ghandour

Fadi Ghandour @fadig

Fadi Ghandour is the Chairman of Wamda and Founder and Vice Chairman of Aramex, one of the leading logistics and transportation companies in the Middle East and South Asia.
Farah  I. Abdel Sater

Farah I. Abdel Sater @FarahAbdelSater

Farah is the Media and Communication Associate at the United Nations Population Fund - Lebanon, Founder of philanthropic feminist initiative SAMRA (Supporting And...
Farooq Aftab

Farooq Aftab

Farooq is a national Spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, a registered charity and the UK's oldest and largest Muslim youth organisation....
Farrah  Berrou

Farrah Berrou @farrahberrou

Farrah is a Lebanese blogger, art director and biologist. Make sure to visit her blog
Farzana Marie

Farzana Marie @farzanamarie

Farzana is a poet and PhD student at University of Arizona’s School of Middle Eastern and North Africa Studies, where she focuses on Persian Literature and...
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Faten Bushehri

Faten Bushehri @Fatenhbu

Faten is a Bahraini freelance journalist and a human and civil rights advocate. She is currently pursuing her Master degree in Journalism, Media and Globalisation...
Fatima Hanan Elreda

Fatima Hanan Elreda @hananelreda

Fatima is a journalist and an aspiring writer. She has a BA in journalism from the Lebanese International University and is currently pursuing a degree in English...
Fatma Bassiouni

Fatma Bassiouni @fbassiouni

Fatma Bassiouni is a member of the International Law Association (ILA), and the Cairo-based informal advocacy group, Voice of Egyptian Women. She has a twelve year...
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Feras Klenk

Feras Klenk

Feras is a Research Fellow with the Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle East Conflicts (SISMEC), and a PhD Student in the School of Middle East and North...
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Fiona Dunlop

Fiona Dunlop @ffdunlop

Fiona is a London-based travel and food writer. She has written numerous travel-guides, food-books which include The North African Kitchen and Real Tapas, and contributed...
Firas Kay

Firas Kay @inheadkay

Firas Kay was born in Tripoli, Lebanon. He graduated from the American University of Beirut in 2009 with a degree in computer science. He is currently based in London...
Fouad Kemache

Fouad Kemache @FouadKemache

Fouad Kemache is the founder of La Rue Arabe (
Francesco De Lellis

Francesco De Lellis

Francesco is a Ph.D candidate in Middle East Politics at the University of Naples L'Orientale. His research interests are focused on social movements in the...
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Frédéric Volpi

Frédéric Volpi

Frédéric is Senior Lecturer at the University of St Andrews. His latest books are Political Islam Observed: Disciplinary Perspectives (Columbia University...
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Frida Lundgren

Frida Lundgren @teaspoonoflemon

Frida runs the blog 'A teaspoon of (لیمون) zest', where she covers "anything positive about the Middle East & South Asia." Visit:
Gabriel Mitchell

Gabriel Mitchell @GabiMitch

Gabriel is an Israel Research Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem, Israel. He holds an MA in Political Science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Gabriella Nassif

Gabriella Nassif

Gabriella is completing her MA at King's College London. She is currently working at Project on Middle East Democracy.
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Garret Pustay

Garret Pustay @GarretPustay

Garret is a freelance writer based in Chicago. He writes primarily on Turkey, Syria and American foreign policy in the Middle East.
Latest articles by Garret Pustay:
Gehad Hussein

Gehad Hussein @gehadhussein

Gehad Hussein is an Egyptian-German journalist based in Cairo. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Egypt Business Directory, Freelance Editor at Ahram Weekly, and Editor at ErfolgX.
Georgia Travers

Georgia Travers @mightbeG

Georgia is a recent graduate of Dartmouth College interested in civil rights, entrepreneurship and foreign policy. She speaks fluent Arabic and French and lived...
Ghassan Dahhan

Ghassan Dahhan GDahhan

Ghassan Dahhan is a political scientist and editor at the foreign desk of the Dutch newspaper Trouw.
Gholam  R. Vatandoust

Gholam R. Vatandoust

Gholam R. Vatandoust is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the American University of Kuwait.
Gian Marco Liuni

Gian Marco Liuni

Gian Marco is a Middle East researcher/analyst. Based in Amman, he covers the effects the Syrian crisis exercises on the Levant. His work focuses on the politics of the Lebanon-Syria-Iran triangle.
Giedre Steikunaite

Giedre Steikunaite

Giedre is a London-based freelance writer/journalist specialising in global justice and human rights, with a particular interest in Middle East and South America. Read more at
Giovanni Pagani

Giovanni Pagani

Giovanni has an MSc in Middle East Politics from the London School of Oriental and African Studies, and also graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico of Milan....
Gissou Nia

Gissou Nia @GissouNia

Gissou is an expert on human rights issues in Iran and international law. She currently serves as the Deputy Director of the International Campaign for Human Rights...
Golala Ruhani

Golala Ruhani

Golala is a media analyst, specialises in the analysis of new media development in a non-western perspective. She has several years of experience in development...
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Goos Hofstee

Goos Hofstee

Goos is a freelance journalist based in London and Cairo. She writes regularly for Your Middle East.
Goran Sadjadi

Goran Sadjadi @gzaneti

Goran is a technology professional and freelance writer, and a graduate of Political Science and Information Systems. He is interested in a range of topics from...
H.A. Hellyer

H.A. Hellyer @hahellyer

Dr H.A. Hellyer is nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.
Habib Battah

Habib Battah @habib_b

Habib is an award-winning investigative journalist, filmmaker and media critic. He has contributed to BBC, Al Jazeera English, Variety, Bold Magazine and others....
Hakim Khatib

Hakim Khatib

Hakim is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany and a lecturer at Philipps University Marburg and Fulda University of Applied Sciences.
Hamdi Hassan

Hamdi Hassan @HamdiHassan1

Hamdi is working for peacebuilding in Libya. Earlier he was a Senior Political Advisor at International IDEA in the Arab region. Prior to joining IDEA Hassan worked...
Hamdi Malik

Hamdi Malik @HamdiaMalik

Hamdi is an Iraqi PhD student of sociology at Keele University, UK. In addition to his academic research which is focused on Iraq, Hamdi has featured frequently...
Hamid Lellou

Hamid Lellou

Hamid Lellou is an analyst for the Middle East and Africa Regions at PROSOL, a US company based in Alexandria Virginia.
Hamid Naficy

Hamid Naficy

Hamid is Professor of Radio-Television-Film and the Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in Communication at Northwestern University, where he also has an appointment...
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Hanan Solayman

Hanan Solayman @hananzaz

Hanan Solayman is an Egyptian journalist based in Cairo. She studied Entrepreneurial Journalism at City University of New York and is now starting a local media...
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Hanieh Khosroshahi

Hanieh Khosroshahi @HKhosroshahi

Hanieh is a writer and photographer based in Toronto. She completed her Bachelor’s at the University of Toronto, studying literature and visual arts, and then...
Harriet Fildes

Harriet Fildes

Harriet is a doctoral student researching Turkish civil society and social movements at the University of Edinburgh, and has been working in Turkey in both academia and journalism since 2011.
Hassan Masiky

Hassan Masiky

Hassan Masiky is a freelance journalist and former adviser to Amnesty International USA.
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Hayat Essakkati and I. William Zartman

Hayat Essakkati and I. William Zartman

Hayat Essakkati (left) is a Principal at Maroc4Invest, a firm that accompanies foreign investors in doing business in Morocco and Africa with offices in Casablanca,...
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Hayley Pearce

Hayley Pearce @hayleyjpearce

Hayley is a freelance journalist, focusing on media, culture and society in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.
Hélène Aldeguer

Hélène Aldeguer

Hélène is a blogger and student in illustration at l'Ecole Estienne, Paris.
Heba Rachrach

Heba Rachrach @HebaRach

Heba is a media assistant with UNDP, focusing on peace building in Lebanon.
Hend Taher

Hend Taher

Hend lives in Cairo, where she studied German philology at Al-Azhar University. She works as a freelance journalist and publishes in Arabic, German and English.
Hind Aleryani

Hind Aleryani @HindAleryani

Hind Aleryani is a Yemeni journalist and blogger. She has written one of the most popular stories ever published on Your Middle East.
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Hisham Bustani

Hisham Bustani

Hisham Bustani’s essays and articles have appeared in numerous Arabic and international publications. His fiction has been translated into four languages with...
Holly Dagres

Holly Dagres @hdagres

Holly is an Iranian-American analyst and commentator on Middle East affairs. Currently living in Egypt, she is the assistant editor at the policy journal, the Cairo Review of Global Affairs.
Hossam Abougabal

Hossam Abougabal @hossamab

A self-proclaimed British-Egyptian, Hossam is a current affairs and business journalist working across the MENA region. His work covers geopolitical and macroeconomic...
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Hugh Lovatt

Hugh Lovatt @h_lovatt

Hugh Lovatt is Israel/Palestine Project Coordinator at the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Human  Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch @hrw

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. HRW's director for...
Ian  Anthony

Ian Anthony

Dr Ian Anthony is the Research Coordinator at SIPRI and the Director of the SIPRI Programme on Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-proliferation.
Ibi Ibrahim

Ibi Ibrahim @ibiibrahim

Ibi Ibrahim is a Sana'a-based Yemeni photographer, whose works have been exhibited throughout the United States and the Middle East.
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Ibrahim  Fayyad

Ibrahim Fayyad

Ibrahim is a Master’s student in political science with a specialization in European politics. Fayyad’s research interests are in Middle Eastern politics,...
Idris Ahmedi

Idris Ahmedi

Idris is a lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University.
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Idris Okuduci

Idris Okuduci @IOkuduci

A journalist based in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Idris is interested in the KRG's relation with Turkey and Iran.He is currently working for the Anadolu Agency / Kurdish service in Erbil.
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Idriss Benarafa

Idriss Benarafa @IdrissBenarafa

Idriss is a young political analyst and Editor-in-chief of The Moroccan Times. He is also a member of the youth section of the Justice and Development party (PJD).
Imad Mesdoua

Imad Mesdoua @ImadMesdoua

Imad Mesdoua is a political analyst specialising in the Middle East and North Africa. He has previously worked as a freelance journalist and as a political consultant,...
International Crisis Group

International Crisis Group CrisisGroup

The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.
International Crisis Group

International Crisis Group @CrisisGroup

The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.
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Irfan Ahmad

Irfan Ahmad

Irfan is Associate Professor of Political Anthropology, Institute for Religion, Politics & Society at Australian Catholic University. He is the author of Islamism...
Itxaso Domínguez de Olazábal

Itxaso Domínguez de Olazábal @itxasdo

A former lawyer specializing in European Union law and international relations, Itxaso fell in love with the Middle East after working and living in Egypt. She writes...
Ivan Ureta

Ivan Ureta

Dr. Ivan Ureta is associate professor of international relations at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Middle East...
Ivana Perić

Ivana Perić

Ivana is a Croatian journalist and an activist. She achieved her MA in journalism at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb, Croatia. Her writing focuses on...
Jacob Wirtschafter

Jacob Wirtschafter

Jacob is currently based in Cairo with Associated Reporters Abroad, and has covered the Middle East from the Gulf to North Africa. He was the Managing Editor of...
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Jameel W. Karaki

Jameel W. Karaki @jameelkaraki

Jameel is a copywriter based in Kuwait, he holds a Master in Public Governance in the Arab World from the University of Granada and is a regular contributor to Your Middle East.
James Denselow

James Denselow @JamesDenselow

James Denselow is a director of the independent Foreign Policy think thank the 'New Diplomacy Platform'. He has lived and worked across the Middle East...
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James M. Dorsey

James M. Dorsey

James is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University and author of the blog The Turbulent...
Jane Williams

Jane Williams

Jane Williams is Editor of Knowledge Arabia at INSEAD Knowledge.
Jasmine Roman

Jasmine Roman

Jasmine Roman is a pseudonym for a Syrian writer. Follow her on Twitter @JasmineRoman01
Jean AbiNader

Jean AbiNader

Jean is Executive Director of the Moroccan American Trade and Investment Center. He brings more than 30 years of experience as a trade association and corporate...
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Jenny Tsiropoulou

Jenny Tsiropoulou

Jenny is a freelance journalist currently based in Tunisia. She has studied Law in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and holds a Master's Degree...
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Jeremy Suyker

Jeremy Suyker

Jeremy (b.1985) is a French photographer specialized in sociocultural and contemporary issues. He has been to Iran on several occasions since 2013, reporting among...
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Jibreel Delgado

Jibreel Delgado @JibreelDelgado

Jibreel is a PhD student in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona (MENAS), where he teaches introductory courses in...
Jill Saunders

Jill Saunders

"Jill Saunders" is a pseudonym. The woman behind "Jill" is a Canadian-born teacher who has spent the last three years working in the Middle East....
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Joey Ayoub

Joey Ayoub @JoeyAyoub

Joey lives in Hamra, Beirut and is co-founder and editor of HummusForThought:
Johannes A. Makar

Johannes A. Makar

Johannes is a graduate student at Leuven University (KU Leuven) in Belgium and a freelance writer, frequently focused on the Middle East.
John Last

John Last

John is a Canadian freelance journalist in Istanbul covering the protests.
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John Ridley

John Ridley

John is a journalist who has lived and worked in the Middle East for more than thirty years. Based in Bahrain and Beirut, John can be contacted at
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John Robertson

John Robertson @JohnFRobertson

John is a history Professor at Central Michigan University, an authority on the history and cultures of the Middle East. His book, Iraq: A Brief History, is about...
John Wreford

John Wreford @JohnWreford

John is a photographer who has lived in Syria for many years. He recently had to leave his house in Damascus’ Old City, and currently resides in Istanbul.
Jonathan Moremi

Jonathan Moremi @jonamorem

Jonathan Moremi is a freelance journalist and writer with 35 years experience reporting as a political correspondent both from Germany and the Middle East. Since...
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Joobin Bekhrad

Joobin Bekhrad @reorientmag

Joobin (BBA, MSc.) is the Founder and Editor of REORIENT, as well as the Co-Founder of artclvb, an online platform for contemporary Middle Eastern art. He is also...
Jordan Olmstead

Jordan Olmstead @jcolmstead1

Jordan is a freelance writer and a researcher at the Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle Eastern Conflict. You can reach him at
Jordan Toone

Jordan Toone

Jordan is a Corporate Associate with White & Case LLP in New York. In 2012, he was a visiting researcher at Yale University.
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Joschka Fischer

Joschka Fischer

Joschka Fischer, Germany’s foreign minister and vice chancellor from 1998 to 2005, was a leader of the German Green Party for almost 20 years.
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Josef Olmert

Josef Olmert

Dr. Josef Olmert is Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina. A native of Israel, he was formerly a professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv,...
Joseph Benzekri

Joseph Benzekri @JosephBenzekri

Joseph is a Tunisian small business owner based in Paris that has worked in the agro-export business for over two decades. He is also active in North African civil...
Joseph Sabroski

Joseph Sabroski @joesabro

Joseph is an independent journalist focusing on human rights, U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. His work has appeared in Al Jazeera America, Huffington Post and
Joshka Wessels

Joshka Wessels @joshkawessels

Joshka is a post-doc in Peace and Conflict Studies for the Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts at the University of Copenhagen. Her current work focuses...
Joshua Gleis

Joshua Gleis

Dr. Joshua Gleis is co-author of Hezbollah and Hamas: A Comparative Study (Johns Hopkins University Press, August 2012) and author of Withdrawing Under Fire: Lessons...
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Joshua N. Weiss

Joshua N. Weiss

Dr. Joshua N. Weiss is the Managing Director of Abraham's Path Initiative. He is also Co-Founder and Senior Fellow of Global Negotiation Initiative, Harvard Negotiation Project.
Joshua  Rutstein

Joshua Rutstein

Joshua is an intern with Your Middle East. He is also engaged with the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting America.
Juan Cole

Juan Cole

Juan Cole is an American scholar, public intellectual, and historian of the modern Middle East and South Asia. He is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan.
Judith Hertog

Judith Hertog @JudithHertog

Judith teaches creative writing and works as a freelance journalist. She was born in Amsterdam and moved to Israel as a teenager. Judith has lived in China, Tibet,...
Julia Macfarlane

Julia Macfarlane @JuliaMacfarlane

Julia, a Scottish-Indonesian, is a broadcast journalist at BBC World Service. Her work focuses on the Middle East.
Julia Tierney

Julia Tierney @memariposa

Julia is a doctoral candidate at the University of California Berkeley, currently doing dissertation research in Beirut on circulations of violence and investment.
Julian Phillips

Julian Phillips

Julian is a freelance writer, currently based in New York. He blogs regularly about the Middle East at and
Justin Salhani

Justin Salhani @JustinSalhani

Justin is a Beirut-based freelance journalist contributing to Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, among others.
Kai Bruns

Kai Bruns @KaiBruns

Dr Kai Bruns is Assistant Professor with the College of Media and Mass Communication at American University in the Emirates.
Kamilia Lahrichi

Kamilia Lahrichi

Kamilia Lahrichi is a foreign correspondent based in Argentina. In March 2015, the Moroccan government awarded a merit trophy for her work as a journalist. She covers...
Karim Adel El-Sayed

Karim Adel El-Sayed @KAES_93

Karim Adel El-Sayed is an Egyptian-British law student in his final year at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Karim Emile Bitar

Karim Emile Bitar @karimbitar

Karim Emile Bitar is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for International and Strategic Relations, Editor of ‘L’ENA hors les murs’ monthly magazine...
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Katharina Pfannkuch

Katharina Pfannkuch

Katharina Pfannkuch is a German freelance journalist who contributes to ZEIT online and SPIEGEL. She focuses on cultural and social issues in the Arab world and writes regularly for Your Middle East.
Katie Gonzalez

Katie Gonzalez @KatieGonzalez12

Katie is a Haifa-based regular contributor for Your Middle East.
Kaylyn Hlavaty

Kaylyn Hlavaty @KaylynHlavaty

Kaylyn Hlavaty is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She is currently based in Beirut, Lebanon. She is pursuing international...
Kemal Budak

Kemal Budak

Kemal is a Turkish graduate of sociology. He has an MA in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations. His research resolves around sociology of religion and political sociology.
Khadija  Ali

Khadija Ali @KhadijaMAli

Khadija Ali is a freelance journalist living in Tripoli, Libya.
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Khaled Abu Toameh

Khaled Abu Toameh @KhaledAbuToameh

Khaled Abu Toameh, an Arab Muslim, is a veteran journalist who has been covering Palestinian affairs for nearly three decades. He also publishes regularly with Gatestone Institute.
Khaled Akil

Khaled Akil

Khaled is a fine art photographer who focuses primarily on Syria as well as social, political and sexuality issues in the Middle East. He left his Aleppo in 2012...
Latest articles by Khaled Akil:
Khaled Alaswad

Khaled Alaswad

Khaled is a Jordanian-born risk management consultant who has been working out of Abu Dhabi for the past five years. Before that, he lived in the United States while...
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Khaled Diab

Khaled Diab @DiabolicalIdea

Khaled Diab is an Egyptian-Belgian journalist, blogger and writer. His writings appear in leading publications across the world. He is currently based in East Jerusalem....
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Khaled Fattah

Khaled Fattah

Dr. Khaled Fattah holds a PhD in international relations from the University of St Andrews, UK. He is an expert of Yemen and state-tribe relations in the Middle East.
Kira Walker

Kira Walker

Kira is a Canadian by birth and upbringing who now lives in Cairo, where she teaches English and pursues her passion for travel and photography.
Kishwar Rizvi

Kishwar Rizvi

Kishwar Rizvi is Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at Yale University.
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Kourosh Ziabari

Kourosh Ziabari @KZiabari

Kourosh is an award-winning Iranian journalist and media correspondent. He has won three awards in Iran's National Press Festival and is the recipient of the...
Kristin Wagner

Kristin Wagner

Kristin has lived in the US, Egypt, Jordan, and France. She has travelled extensively and speaks English, Arabic, French, and Spanish. Kristin currently works with Egypt Cancer Network.
Kristina Riegert

Kristina Riegert @krieg10

Kristina is Professor of Media and Communication at Stockholm University. She is currently in Beirut doing research on Arab bloggers.
Kulsoom Rizvi

Kulsoom Rizvi

Kulsoom is an American/Pakistani journalist based in London specialising in children's rights and child refugees. She is currently pursuing a master degree...
Lama  Younis

Lama Younis @LamaYounis

Lama Younis is a Saudi Forensic Psychologist and Criminologist. A doctoral researcher in her final year at Birkbeck College in London, majoring in International...
Lamia Hassan

Lamia Hassan @LamiaHassan

Lamia is a Cairo-based freelance journalist and a regular contributor to Your Middle East. In 2011, she won the CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year award...
Lamia Nabil

Lamia Nabil

Lamia is currently working as a business journalist with The Daily News Egypt.
Latest articles by Lamia Nabil:
Lana Olinik

Lana Olinik

Lana obtained an MA at SOAS, University of London. Nurturing her deep interest in the Middle Eastern affairs, she is now concentrating on Iran. Having written her...
Lara  Vergnaud

Lara Vergnaud

Lara is a New York-based World Editor for Blouin News.
Laura Cesaretti

Laura Cesaretti @laucesaretti

Laura is an Italian freelance reporter specialized in Middle East and South Asia issues. She has a MA in International Politics from City University London and an...
Lee Schrader

Lee Schrader

Lee Schrader is a JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Research Fellow at United Nations University.
Leigh Cuen

Leigh Cuen @La__Cuen

Leigh is a freelance journalist from California, currently living in Israel. She has written for Women's eNews, the San Francisco Public Press, the Palestinian...
Lena Naassana

Lena Naassana

Lena is in her final year of study at Oxford University, reading English Literature and Czech. She is half-Egyptian, half-Czech, and has lived in Cairo all her life....
Lewis Gropp

Lewis Gropp

Lewis is editor of ' - Dialogue with the Islamic world', literary theorist, and journalist focusing on religious issues and cultural dialogue....
Lina Abirafeh

Lina Abirafeh

Dr. Abirafeh is Director at the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World, Lebanese American University.
Lina Ben Mhenni

Lina Ben Mhenni @benmhennilina

Lina Ben Mhenni is a Tunisian Internet activist, blogger and a teacher at Tunis University. She has been awarded the Deutsche Welle International Blog Award and...
Lina Eklund

Lina Eklund

Dr. Lina Eklund is a researcher at the Center for Middle East Studies at Lund University in Sweden. Her research focuses on the Middle East, and includes environment,...
Lisa Barrington

Lisa Barrington

Lisa has lived in Bahrain, Syria, Russia, Sweden and the UK and has travelled widely in the MENA region. She is currently an MA student at Lund University's...
Lisa Morrow

Lisa Morrow

Lisa is a sociologist, the founder of, and author of three books about Turkey, most recently 'Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom'....
Lisa Reinisch

Lisa Reinisch

Lisa is a journalist from Austria, currently based in the United Arab Emirates. She writes about culture, media and sustainability for magazines in the UK, Austria,...
Loran Peterson

Loran Peterson

A native of Western New York, Loran Peterson worked as an editor in Doha, Qatar for several years. He is currently the Features Editor and a contributing writer...
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Lorena Martinez

Lorena Martinez

Lorena Martinez is a freelance journalist based in London. You can follow her at
Lorena  Rios

Lorena Rios

Lorena is a freelance writer based in Cairo.
Lorenzo Kamel

Lorenzo Kamel

Lorenzo is Visiting Fellow (2013/2014) at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He is the author of two books and about twenty academic articles on the Middle East.
Louis Fishman

Louis Fishman @Istanbultelaviv.

Louis is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He is spending the current year at his home in Istanbul working on his upcoming book on late Ottoman Palestine.
Louisa Dunnigan

Louisa Dunnigan

Louisa is a journalist and editorial assistant with a special interest in women’s rights. Her articles have appeared in The Believer, The Rumpus, The Oxonion...
Lucia Sorbera

Lucia Sorbera

Lucia is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on contemporary political and cultural...
Lucy Pawle

Lucy Pawle

Lucy is a Cairo-based journalist. Her work has been published in The Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal Europe and WSJ Asia, and The New York World.
Lund University CMES

Lund University CMES @CMES_LUND

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies was founded in 2007 in an effort to support and coordinate research on the region at Lund University. Research on the Middle...
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Lydia Beardmore

Lydia Beardmore

Lydia is a writer and photographer living in Istanbul, Turkey. She writes regularly for Time Out Istanbul as well as teaching poetry and writing workshops in the...
Lynnsay Maynard

Lynnsay Maynard @LynnsayMaynard

Lynnsay is a radio producer and writer living in Morocco. She has previously been a radio producer/host at MPBN.
Macidegül Batmaz

Macidegül Batmaz

Macidegül Batmaz is a writer, graduate of literature and language, and a student of history from Izmir, Turkey.
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Madeline Edwards

Madeline Edwards

Madeline is an International Studies student at the College of Charleston currently spending a year abroad in Amman, Jordan, where she hopes to return following...
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Magdi Abdelhadi

Magdi Abdelhadi @maegdi

Magdi is a freelance writer and broadcaster and former Arab affairs analyst for the BBC. Visit his blog
Maher Hakim

Maher Hakim

Maher is Associate Professor in Innovation Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University Qatar.
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Mahmoud Mansi

Mahmoud Mansi

Mahmoud is an HR Specialist at The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. He is also CEO of The Forgotten Writers Initiative in Egypt.
Latest articles by Mahmoud Mansi:
Mai Nguyen-Phuong-Mai

Mai Nguyen-Phuong-Mai

Mai is an Associate Professor at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. In 2012, she followed the historical expansion of Islam, from exactly...
Malika Giles

Malika Giles @Malika_Giles

Malika is a freelance journalist working in Hatay Province, southern Turkey. She is a recent graduate of University College London, where she was editor of the university magazine.
Mandy Sinclair

Mandy Sinclair

Mandy is a Marrakech-based writer and public relations/events planner.
Manel  Zouabi

Manel Zouabi

Manel is a doctoral researcher in Women's Studies at the University of York.
Manuel Langendorf

Manuel Langendorf @m_langendorf

Manuel is a political analyst and editor. He is the Middle East Editor at Fair Observer and a member of the Board of Directors. Langendorf is currently working on...
Latest articles by Manuel Langendorf:
Marc Owen Jones

Marc Owen Jones @marcowenjones

Marc Owen Jones partly grew up in Bahrain, and has since lived in Sudan, Syria, Prague and the UK. He is currently a PhD candidate at Durham University, researching...
Marcia Lynx Qualey

Marcia Lynx Qualey @arablit

Marcia is a writer and reader who runs a popular blog on Arab Literature, a subject that she also covers for Your Middle East in her biweekly column. Visit:
Marco Livadiotti

Marco Livadiotti

Marco is a consultant for the Yemeni Ministries of Tourism and Environment, and has lived in Yemen most of his life. He is passionate about Arab architecture and...
Maria Khwaja Bazi

Maria Khwaja Bazi @mariakhwaja

Maria is the Founder of Elun, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teacher education in the developing world. She is currently working with several training projects...
Marianna Charountaki

Marianna Charountaki

Dr. Marianna Charountaki is a post-doctoral fellow at Reading University (UK). Her research interests range from international relations and foreign policy analysis...
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Marietje  Schaake

Marietje Schaake @MarietjeD66

Marietje is a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party. She serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, where she focuses on neighbourhood...
Marina Chamma

Marina Chamma @eyeontheeast

Marina Chamma is a freelance writer and blogger at She blogs on politics, society and culture in Lebanon and broader Arab world.
Marina Nemat

Marina Nemat @MarinaNemat

Marina was born in 1965 in Tehran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of sixteen and spent more than two years in Evin, a political...
Mariwan Salihi

Mariwan Salihi

Mariwan is a Dutch-Iraqi freelance journalist and photographer who is currently based in Kuwait. His writings have been published in media outlets such as The National,...
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Marouane Bakit

Marouane Bakit @Marouane_bakit

Marouane is a journalist and activist in Libya.
Marvin Zonis

Marvin Zonis

Marvin Zonis is an American global political economist and expert on Middle Eastern politics and history and an emeritus professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Mary Mitchell

Mary Mitchell @mary_mitch

Mary is a digital storyteller, content strategist at White Fuse Media, and PhD student in Media Arts at Royal Holloway University of London. She has worked extensively...
Maryam  Elika Ansari

Maryam Elika Ansari

Maryam is an Iranian St Andrews graduate in International relations and Classical studies. She is currently completing an MA called Crossways in Cultural Narratives....
Massarah Mikati

Massarah Mikati

Massarah is a fourth-year honors student at The Ohio State University, triple majoring in journalism, Middle East studies and Francophone studies. The daughter of...
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Matthias Krug

Matthias Krug

Dr. Matthias Krug ( is a Doha-born novelist and journalist who has written for top international media around the world. His latest novel is entitled...
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Maureen Ahmed

Maureen Ahmed @Maureen_Ahmed

Maureen is a dedicated feminist with demonstrated success for advocating on behalf of women, inner-city youth and communities of colour within the NYC region and...
Maya Norton

Maya Norton @mayanorton

Maya is a nonprofit fundraiser for an Arab-Jewish organization in Israel. Through her writing, she seeks to bring forth the first person perspective of daily life...
Mayar Kotb

Mayar Kotb

Mayar Kotb is a Cairo-based freelance writer. She is also the recipient of the SOAS Faculty of Arts and Humanities Scholarship. Her main focus is on the culture...
Maysam Behravesh

Maysam Behravesh @MaysamBehravesh

Maysam is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Lund University, Sweden, and the Editorial Assistant of the journal Cooperation and Conflict (Sage):
Maysam Bizær

Maysam Bizær @m_bizar

Maysam works with Global Market Development at Mofid Securities. He has previously been Editor-in-Chief of the Iran Desk at Press TV's Website Department, and...
Mégo Terzian

Mégo Terzian @MSF

Dr Mégo Terzian is President of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
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Meer Ako Ali

Meer Ako Ali @MyMamosta

Meer Ako Ali is a Kurdish columnist with polymath aspirations, volunteerism passions, and photography side-skills. He is currently a MEPI Scholar at the American...
Mehdi Khalaji

Mehdi Khalaji

Mehdi Khalaji is a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Latest articles by Mehdi Khalaji:
Mehmet Ozkan

Mehmet Ozkan @_MehmetOzkan

Mehmet currently works as a Researcher at SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research in Ankara, Turkey. He is also the author of Foreign Policy...
Latest articles by Mehmet Ozkan:
Melike E. Boylan

Melike E. Boylan

Melike is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Middle Eastern Technical University. She is currently writing a book on the limits of humor in Turkey.
Latest articles by Melike E. Boylan:
Melissa Etehad

Melissa Etehad @melissaetehad

Melissa is an Iranian-American researcher and writer on Middle East affairs. Melissa previously worked with the Project on Middle East Democracy as an Iran Programs intern.
Latest articles by Melissa Etehad:
Melissa Sleiman

Melissa Sleiman

Melissa is a Dubai-based journalist.
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Melissa Tabeek

Melissa Tabeek @tabeekmelissa

Melissa Tabeek is a freelance journalist based in Amman, Jordan.
Melvyn Ingleby

Melvyn Ingleby

Melvyn is a Masters student in Political Theory at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, currently based in Istanbul. He has worked as a producer...
Mervat Diab

Mervat Diab

Mervat Diab is assistant chief editor of Ahram newspaper. She is a political analyst of Middle East issues.
Latest articles by Mervat Diab:
Michael Bröning

Michael Bröning

Michael Bröning is director of the East Jerusalem office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, a political foundation affiliated with Germany’s Social Democratic...
Michael Sharnoff

Michael Sharnoff @MichaelSharnoff

Dr. Michael Sharnoff is an Associate Professor at Daniel Morgan Academy. The views expressed are his and do not reflect the views of the school.
Michael Wilner

Michael Wilner

Michael is a Hindery Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Michelle Pace

Michelle Pace

Michelle is Professor with Special Responsibilities at the University of Roskilde’s Department of Society and Globalisation. Her main areas of research include...
Mikael  Strandberg

Mikael Strandberg

Mikael is an explorer, filmmaker, lecturer and motivational speaker. He is considered “the best contemporary explorer in the world” at present by the Explorers Club in London.
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Minying Huang

Minying Huang @minyingh

Minying is a Spanish and Arabic student at the University of Oxford, currently studying for a year in Amman, Jordan.
Mishka Mojabber Mourani

Mishka Mojabber Mourani

Mishka Mojabber Mourani was born in Egypt of Greek and Lebanese parents, and has lived in Australia. Mishka speaks five languages and has published a number of short...
Moha Ennaji

Moha Ennaji

Moha is President of the South North Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Migration Studies in Morocco. He is professor of gender and cultural studies at Fès...
Mohamed Akinou

Mohamed Akinou @Akinoumed

Mohamed is a freelance journalist based in Morocco.
Mohamed Belmaaza

Mohamed Belmaaza @Pirouri

Mohamed Belmaaza is a Paris-based business student interested in culture, politics, and Middle Eastern art. He tweets in French, Arabic, and Hebrew.
Latest articles by Mohamed Belmaaza:
Mohamed Chtatou

Mohamed Chtatou

Dr. Chtatou is a Professor at the university in Rabat. He is currently a political analyst with Moroccan, Saudi and British media on politics and culture in the...
Mohamed Eljarh

Mohamed Eljarh @Eljarh

Mohamed Eljarh is a UK based Libyan academic researcher and political, social development activist. He is from the city of Tobruk in Eastern Libya. Email him at:
Mohamed Hemish

Mohamed Hemish @MohamedHemish

Mohamed is a freelance writer currently based in Istanbul who has written for The Atlantic, Aslan Media and others.
Mohamed Seif El Nasr

Mohamed Seif El Nasr

Mohamed is an Egyptian with an academic background in History and Public International Law. You can reach him at:
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Mohamed Selim

Mohamed Selim @moselim

A journalism and mass communication lecturer for 6 years at the American University in Cairo, Mohamed is currently pursuing a doctorate in Germany where he also...
Mohamed Zaied

Mohamed Zaied

Mohamed is Arab-Libyan and a Doctoral Candidate in International Relations at the Geneva School of Diplomacy. He served with the opposition forces during the Libyan revolution.
Mohamed Zayed

Mohamed Zayed @mozayed85

Mohamed Zayed is a Middle East Researcher Contributor at the Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey in London, UK. He has a B.S. in education and arts from Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt.
Mohammad Al-Saidi

Mohammad Al-Saidi

Mohammad is a senior researcher and lecturer in environmental governance at the Institute for Technology in the Tropics (ITT) in Cologne, Germany. He holds a Ph.D....
Mohammad Almutawa

Mohammad Almutawa @m_watan_

Mohammad Almutawa is a research Assistant at an Economic Research Department at a bank in Kuwait.
Mohammad Sagha

Mohammad Sagha @mosagha

Mohammad Sagha is a graduate student in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago (CMES) and the Managing Editor of “Lights,”...
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Mohammad Sakhnini

Mohammad Sakhnini

Dr Mohammad Sakhnini completed his PhD in English literature at the University of Exeter, UK. His first book will explore Britain's literary and cultural interactions...
Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou is Head of the Middle East and North Africa Program at the Geneva Center for Security Policy and a visiting professor at Geneva’s...
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Mohammed Akacem

Mohammed Akacem

Mohammed is Professor of Economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Mohammed El Serfy

Mohammed El Serfy

Mohammed works with RSC Africa to help refugees get resettlement to the US. He graduated with a bachelor degree in law as well as a masters in international law. He was born in Cairo, Egypt.
Latest articles by Mohammed El Serfy:
Mohammed Akacem and Dennis D Miller

Mohammed Akacem and Dennis D Miller

Mohammed Akacem (right) is professor of Economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Dennis D Miller (left) is professor of Economics at Baldwin Wallace...
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Mojtaba Nafisi

Mojtaba Nafisi

"Mojtaba Nafisi" is a PhD student in architectural history and theory. He writes under a pen name for security reasons.
Molly Lower

Molly Lower

Molly is an MA student in Middle Eastern studies at Tel Aviv university. She is currently working as an intern for Women's Voices Now, a Los Angeles-based NGO...
Morane Barkai

Morane Barkai @BarKing_M

Morane is a freelance journalist and editor based in Amsterdam.
Muhammad Moneib

Muhammad Moneib

Muhammad is a computer engineer living in Cairo, Egypt.
Muhammad Waqas

Muhammad Waqas

Muhammad is a freelance writer focusing on business and economy related topics.
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Muhammad has lived in the Middle East for eight years. He holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Qatar University and is currently pursuing an M.A. in International...
Munir Atalla

Munir Atalla @MunirAtalla

Munir is a Palestinian-Jordanian currently at Tufts University. He is a columnist at OpenDemocracy. Munir worked as an intern at the Your Middle East office during the summer of 2012.
Murat Ulgul

Murat Ulgul

Dr. Ulgul is a researcher at Karadeniz Technical Universit in Turkey.
Musa al-Gharbi

Musa al-Gharbi @Musa_alGharbi

Musa is a research fellow with the Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle East Conflicts (SISMEC) and an instructor in the School of Government and Public...
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

Myriam Francois-Cerrah @MFrancoisCerrah

Myriam Francois-Cerrah is a post-graduate researcher (DPhil) at Oxford University, focusing on Islamic movements in Morocco, and teaches Middle East politics. Myriam...
Naava Mashiah

Naava Mashiah

Naava is CEO of M.E. Links and active in Middle Eastern Informal Diplomacy. She is also a member of Your Middle East's Advisory Board. Her latest book IsraEL...
Naava Mashiah and Philippe Assouline

Naava Mashiah and Philippe Assouline

Naava Mashiah is CEO of M.E. Links and active in Middle Eastern Informal Diplomacy. She is also a member of Your Middle East's Advisory Board. Her latest book...
Latest articles by Naava Mashiah and Philippe Assouline:
Nabil Ouchagour

Nabil Ouchagour @NabilOuchagour

Nabil Ouchagour is a communication strategist and columnist. He has carried several caps going from Minister advisor to Public relations consultant and institutional...
Nada Elfeituri

Nada Elfeituri @NadaElfeituri

Nada is an architecture student, writer, and a passionate civil society activist. She is also the founder of @BenghaziWriters.
Nadia Ghanem

Nadia Ghanem

Nadia is ArabLit’s Algeria Editor and a doctoral student at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where she specializes in the ancient languages of Iraq...
Nagmani *

Nagmani *

Nagmani is an Indian freelance journalist whose reporting is focused on arts and culture with a particular interest in human stories from war zones. His work has...
Naila Missous

Naila Missous

Naila is a translator of Arabic, French and English. She also works as a freelance journalist, focusing primarily on the Middle East and North Africa.
Najwa Fawzy AlSaied

Najwa Fawzy AlSaied

Najwa Fawzy AlSaied is a PhD researcher in media and development at University of Westminster in London. She can be reached at:
Nassef Manabilang Adiong

Nassef Manabilang Adiong

Nassef is a student of comparative study between Islam and International Relations. He is one of the founders of the International Relations and Islamic Studies...
Natalie Martin

Natalie Martin

Natalie is a lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Nottingham Trent University.
Natasha Tynes

Natasha Tynes @NatashaTynes

Natasha is a Jordanian-American journalist and media development professional based in Washington DC. She has over a decade of journalism and media experience and...
Nathalie Besèr

Nathalie Besèr @Nathalie_Beser

Nathalie is a Middle East expert and Head Manager of MidEast Advisors. She is a former Advisor to the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and former Middle...
Naz Uyulur

Naz Uyulur

Naz is a PhD student at the Atatürk Institute for Modern Turkish History, Bosphorus University, Istanbul.
Nazand Begikhani

Nazand Begikhani

Dr Nazand Begikhani is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Gender and Violence Research, University of Brisol. She is also an international advisor on higher...
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Nazli  Ihsan Adil Tarzi

Nazli Ihsan Adil Tarzi @NazliTarzi

Nazli is an Iraqi Spring Media news agency translator and writer of Iraqi-Turcoman origin. She also works as a video Journalist at the Islam Channel, whilst completing...
Nazneen Akbari

Nazneen Akbari @NazneenAkbari

Nazneen is a media professional with work experience from BBC World Service in London and the CNN headquarters in Atlanta. Currently she is a freelance reporter...
Negar Mortazavi

Negar Mortazavi @negarmortazavi

UN veteran and journalist with eyes on Iran.
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Nelly Ali

Nelly Ali @nellyali

Nelly is an International Childhood Studies PhD researcher at Birkbeck, University of London in the department of Geography, Environment and Development where she...
Nermeen Hegazi

Nermeen Hegazi @lumosnox44

Nermeen Hegazi is an MA English literature student and freelance writer from Alexandria, Egypt.
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Nevine Ramzy

Nevine Ramzy @NivoRamzy

Nevine is an Egyptian freelance journalist. She has had short stints at France24, Wall Street Journal and Al Jazeera English.
Niall  Finn

Niall Finn @NiallFinn

Niall is currently pursuing a Masters degree at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.
Nicholas Bonde

Nicholas Bonde

Nicholas is a freelance journalist specializing in sports, music and current affairs.
Nicole Jean

Nicole Jean @nnicoleeejean

Nicole is a Chicago-based freelance writer and Middle East analyst. Her main focus is the energy sector and investment strategy in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
Nisreen Bajis

Nisreen Bajis @NisreenBajis

Nisreen is a legal consultant based in Abu Dhabi.
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Nizar Latif

Nizar Latif

Nizar is a freelance journalist based in Baghdad.
Noor Ali Mo’alla

Noor Ali Mo’alla @noor_moalla

Noor was brought up in Doha, and is now based in London where she works in media and communications. She has a BFA in Communications Design from Virginia Commonwealth...
Nora Schweitzer

Nora Schweitzer

Born and raised in France to a Moroccan mother and a German father, Nora graduated from the University of Sorbonne with a Master in Political Science. Her passion...
Norina Miszori

Norina Miszori

Norina studies Political Science at New York University Abu Dhabi. She has journalist experience from the American Chamber of Commerce.
Latest articles by Norina Miszori:
Nour Bakr

Nour Bakr @nour_bakr

Nour is British-Egyptian-Algerian. He has worked in EU technical assistance and Syria Policy, and currently pursues a MSc in Middle East Politics.
Latest articles by Nour Bakr:
Noureen Ramzy

Noureen Ramzy @NoureenRamzy

A former student at the American University Cairo and Secretary-General of the Cairo International Model United Nations, Noureen has interned with UNDP in Cairo...
Nozhan Etezadosaltaneh

Nozhan Etezadosaltaneh

Nozhan is an author and political analyst. He has written a book entitled, “Islamic Parties and the laicist perspective of Turkey”, as well as several...
Nuri Kino

Nuri Kino @KinoNuri

Nuri is a renowned journalist and author. As an expert on minorities in the Middle East, he has taken part in a hearing in the U.S. Congress as well as speaking...
Ola Claësson

Ola Claësson @Coldheartedson

Ola has lived in Turkey and is blogging about the country at He is currently writing a book about Turkey.
Olga Aymerich

Olga Aymerich

Olga holds a MA in International and Intercultural Relations (Middle East) and a BA in Media and Communication. She gained professional experience in several international...
Omar Ashour

Omar Ashour

Omar is Senior Lecturer in Security Studies and Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter and a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. He is the...
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Omer Tekdemir

Omer Tekdemir @omertekkdemir

Omer is a Visiting Research Fellow in Political Theory at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University. He is currently working on a book,...
Omid Habibinia

Omid Habibinia @OmidHabibinia

Omid Habibinia is an Iranian journalist and media researcher, and the co-founder of the International Association of Independent Iranian Journalists.
Omid Irani

Omid Irani

Omid is a student at Seton Hall Law School. He is the founder of the Middle Eastern Studies minor program at his undergraduate institution, Seton Hall University,...
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Omran Shroufi

Omran Shroufi

Omran is Program Manager for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in the Palestinian Territories and was previously a Schuman trainee in the European Parliament. He is specialised...
Onat Kibaroglu and Karim Ibrahim

Onat Kibaroglu and Karim Ibrahim

Onat is a graduate in Business Administration at Koç University, Istanbul. He has also studied in Sciences Po Paris and The University of Hong Kong. He did...
Latest articles by Onat Kibaroglu and Karim Ibrahim:
Otman Aitlkaboud

Otman Aitlkaboud @OtmanA

Otman is a community worker, working on improving relationships between Arabs and Jews in the UK and beyond through the Arab-Jewish Forum. He formerly worked at...
Passant Rabie

Passant Rabie @passantrabie

Passant is an Egyptian journalist with an interest in child rights, religion, freedom and the environment. She graduated from the American University in Cairo in...
Paul Salem

Paul Salem @paul_salem

Paul Salem is Director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut.
Paula Koch

Paula Koch

Paula Koch is a Master’s candidate at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where she is studying Security Policy...
Pelin Kadercan

Pelin Kadercan @Pelin_Kadercan

Dr Kadercan is a Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Middle East Studies at Brown University. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the histories of...
Per Jönsson

Per Jönsson

Per is an Associated Editor at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. For 30 years, he worked as a reporter at the foreign desk of Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s...
Pesha Magid

Pesha Magid @PMagid

Pesha is an intern with Your Middle East. She has previously contributed to Cairo Review, Egypt Today and Tunisia Live among others.
Peter Westerlund
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Philipp Trösser

Philipp Trösser

Philipp Trösser is a Middle East and North Africa specialist who writes regularly for Your Middle East.
Rachel Williamson

Rachel Williamson @rwilliamson_

Rachel is a Cairo-based freelance journalist and photographer. She covers the business and politics of North Africa and the Middle East.
Raffaele Piccolo

Raffaele Piccolo @RaffPiccolo

Raffaele is an Australian who currently resides in Palestine. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Honours Degree of Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Adelaide, Australia.
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Raghda Arafa

Raghda Arafa

Raghda is a Cairo-based regular contributor to Your Middle East.
Ragnar Weilandt

Ragnar Weilandt @ragnarweilandt

Ragnar is a doctoral researcher at the Université libre de Bruxelles and the University of Warwick working on EU-Mediterranean relations. As a freelance journalist,...
Rakiya Eddarhem

Rakiya Eddarhem

Born and raised in Laayoune, Rakiya is a member of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces Party (USFP) and one of the youngest Members of Morocco’s Parliament....
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Rami Khrais

Rami Khrais @RamiNKhrais

Rami Khrais is a graduate in Economics and commentator on Middle Eastern politics.
Rana  Askoul

Rana Askoul @RanaAskoul

Rana is the founder of Changing Pink, a Middle East-based initiative seeking to empower women in the region. She is also a published writer with a focus on the Middle East and women's issues.
Rana Baker

Rana Baker @RanaGaza

Rana Baker is a Gaza resident who blogs for Electronic intifada.
Latest articles by Rana Baker:
Rana E. Manna

Rana E. Manna

Rana is a freelance journalist based in Gaza. She covered the Gaza War in November 2012 for Your Middle East exclusively.
Rana  Jawad

Rana Jawad

Rana is lecturer in social policy at the University of Bath. She is also founder and current convener of the MENA social policy network and MENA social policy blog.
Rana  Sabbagh

Rana Sabbagh @Rana_Sabbagh

Rana is Executive Director of ARIJ, a not-for-profit organization spreading a culture of investigative reporting inside newsrooms and media faculties in nine Arab...
Rana Wasfy

Rana Wasfy @ranawasfy

Rana Wasfy is studying Economics and Finance in the German University in Cairo. You can read her blog here
Randa Ghazy

Randa Ghazy

Randa Ghazy is a freelance journalist born and raised in Italy from Egyptian parents. She is the author of three novels.
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Raveen Dosky

Raveen Dosky

Raveen is an American-Kurdish Psychology major, based in Washington DC.
Rawan Da'as

Rawan Da'as @RawanDaas

Rawan is a Stanford AMENDS fellow who is passionate about photography.
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Rawan Ezzat

Rawan Ezzat @roona2020

Rawan is a fresh journalism graduate from the American University in Cairo. She worked briefly as a researcher with Bassem Youssef, and a freelancer at Majalla....
Raya Abu Gulal

Raya Abu Gulal

Raya Abu Gulal is currently running her own legal consultancy firm providing legal advice specialising in the Middle East. She is the co-founder of the Women Lawyers...
Raya Saksouk

Raya Saksouk

Raya is a student at the University of Michigan, specializing in international security, norms, and cooperation. You can follow her on Tumblr at
Razan Ghazzawi

Razan Ghazzawi @RedRazan

Razan is a prominent revolutionary feminist activist in Syria. She is a long-time blogger and a campaigner for human rights with the Center for Media and Freedom of Expression.
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Raziqueh Hussain

Raziqueh Hussain

Raziqueh is a journalist who has won the Dubai Shopping Festival Award 2012 as well as the Global Village Award 2012. She was also short-listed for the Kurt Schork...
Rebecca Mavin

Rebecca Mavin

Rebecca has degrees in Religious Studies and Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King's College London, and has worked in Westminster and in a variety...
Reem Ramzi Hachache

Reem Ramzi Hachache

Reem is a Public Relations student and freelance writer currently based in Beirut, Lebanon.
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Reham M. Omar

Reham M. Omar

Reham is an Egyptian - New Zealander freelance writer and social activist. She has worked with many local and International NGOs to promote human rights and gender...
Rena Zuabi

Rena Zuabi

Rena Zuabi is a Palestinian-American, currently living in Ramallah and working in the NGO sector. She has written articles for Mondoweiss, Atlantic Council's New Atlanticist, and PULSE Media.
Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders @RSF_RWB

Reporters Without Borders (RWB, also Reporters Sans Frontières, RSF) is a France-based international non-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes...
Richard  McNeil Willson

Richard McNeil Willson @mcneilwillson

Richard is a doctoral student at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, researching issues surrounding radicalisation.
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Richard Murff

Richard Murff @rjmurff

Richard Murff is a writer, journalist, and historian. He is currently working on a book about sustainable humanitarian aid.
Richard Potter

Richard Potter

Richard is a social worker and activist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Richard is focused on Middle Eastern Issues and related US foreign policies. Currently he...
Robert Tollast

Robert Tollast

Robert is a regular contributor to The National Interest, The Small Wars Journal, Global Politics Magazine and Iraq Business News. Based in London, he is currently...
Roberta Staley

Roberta Staley

Roberta is the interim editor of the Canadian Chemical News, published in Ottawa, and an award-winning magazine writer with experience reporting from the developing...
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Rori Donaghy

Rori Donaghy @roridonaghy86

Rori is Campaign Manager at the Emirates Centre for Human Rights. You can follow their work on the website or via Twitter @ECHRIGHTS
Rory McCarthy

Rory McCarthy

Rory is researching a DPhil in Oriental Studies at St Antony's College, Oxford, where he investigates the local history of Tunisia's mainstream Islamist...
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Rosie Lyse Thompson

Rosie Lyse Thompson @rosiethomp

Rosie Lyse Thompson is a freelance British multimedia journalist based in Jordan. She is currently focusing on the humanitarian and security fall-out of the conflict in Syria.
Rowena Abdul Razak

Rowena Abdul Razak @RowenaRazak

Rowena Abdul Razak is currently reading for a DPhil in Oriental Studies at St Antony's College, Oxford. Her research focuses on British Policy and the Tudeh Party of Iran from 1941 to 1953.
Roya Sadr

Roya Sadr

Roya (born in July 26, 1960) is a Persian satirist and a scholar in Persian literature. Both her writings and her research have been acknowledged by numerous national...
Rozh Ahmad

Rozh Ahmad @rozhahmadmedia

Rozh Ahmad is a journalist based in Paris. He grew up in England but has his roots in Iraq’s Kurdish region. In the last three years, Rozh has reported from...


RP is an independent rapper from Kentucky, USA.
Ruth Eglash

Ruth Eglash @reglash

Ruth writes for The Washington Post. She is the former Deputy Managing Director of The Jerusalem Post. Ruth is a member of Your Middle East's Advisory Board,...
Ruth Wasserman-Lande

Ruth Wasserman-Lande

Ruth is a former Israeli diplomat in Cairo and advisor to former Israeli president Shimon Peres. Today, she is Director of International Relations at the Israeli Union of Local Authorities.
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Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar

Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar @RuwaydaMustafah

Ruwayda is a Kurdish activist and commentator. She blogs at @HuffingtonPost and @GlobalVoices.
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Sa'ed Atshan

Sa'ed Atshan

Sa'ed is a post-doctoral fellow at Brown University and Lecturer in Peace and Justice Studies at Tufts University.
Saeed Ghasseminejad

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Saeed Ghasseminejad is Director of the Iranian Center for liberalism studies (ICLS). He is a frequent contributor to various TV, radio shows and journals including...
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Safa Mubgar

Safa Mubgar @Saphsaf

Safa is founder member and Chair of the London based NGO Independent Yemen Group.
Saghi Laghaie

Saghi Laghaie

Saghi is an Iran journalist. She has worked for many banned media and newspapers in Iran, and been arrested several times due to her activities for women rights in the country.
Said Hamideh

Said Hamideh @SaidHamideh

Said is a Public Relations and Marketing consultant specializing in early tech ventures. Said has worked with numerous start-ups in the Middle East and the United...
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Saladdin Ahmed

Saladdin Ahmed @sKajarvzad

Saladdin Ahmed is an assistant professor of Philosophy at Mardin Artuklu University in Turkey. His research interests include philosophy of space, Critical Theory,...
Salim Essaid

Salim Essaid @SalimEssaid

Salim is a journalist, currently working with video productions for Time magazine. He is a graduate of Columbia School of Journalism.
Salim  Salamah

Salim Salamah @salim_syr

Salim is a spokesperson for the Palestinian League for Human Rights and a blogger currently based in Sweden, having fled his native Syria because of the war.
Sam Hailes

Sam Hailes @samhailes

Sam Hailes, 23, is a freelance journalist living in England. He works part time at the media department of Christian Friends of Israel (CFI-UK).
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Sam Khanlari

Sam Khanlari @khanlari

Sam is currently co-editor of the Iran, Iraq, & Turkey pages at Muftah and operates as a freelance journalist based in Canada. Sam holds an Hon. B.A from the...
Sam Morris

Sam Morris

Sam Morris is Project Director of The Next Century Foundation and has recently spent time in Gaza. 
Sam Tawil

Sam Tawil

"Sam Tawil" is the pen name of a Palestinian with family in Gaza. Sam is currently working in a prominent international human rights organisation. He uses...
Samantha Dancy

Samantha Dancy @samanthaDancy

Samantha Dancy is author of the travel blog Footsteps of a Wanderer (, which provides travel and adventure tips, advice, recommendations...
Samantha  Maloof

Samantha Maloof

Samantha is a Cairo-based graduate in International Relations, who is currently working as a research assistant in a small think tank looking at development and...
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Samantha North

Samantha North @placesbrands

Samantha is a British freelance journalist based in Istanbul. She writes for Al Jazeera English, the Telegraph, and several other outlets.
Sami  Chatti

Sami Chatti

Sami is an Assistant Professor at University of Manouba, Tunisia.
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Samuel Perriman

Samuel Perriman @SamuelPerriman

Samuel is a producer at the International Media Associates.
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Sana Uqba

Sana Uqba @Sanasiino

Sana Uqba is a Yemeni writer, public speaker and freelance journalist currently based and working in London.
Latest articles by Sana Uqba:
Sara Elizabeth Williams

Sara Elizabeth Williams @saraewilliams

Sara is a freelance journalist currently in Lebanon.
Sarah al-Hamad

Sarah al-Hamad @salhamad1

Sarah champions Gulf cuisine and culture via Cardamom and Lime: Recipes from the Arabian Gulf and the freshly baked Sun Bread and Sticky Toffee: Date Desserts from...
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Sarah Elzeini

Sarah Elzeini @SarahElzeini

Sarah is currently affiliated with Foreign Policy Association in New York, and has recently returned from Qatar where she worked in the Center for International...
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Sarah Peguine

Sarah Peguine @OHSOARTY

Sarah is an Israeli art enthusiast who runs the blog Oh So Arty, a platform that aims to make Israeli contemporary art accessible to all. Follow her work on Facebook at Art Galleries in Tel Aviv.
Sarah Price

Sarah Price @LADreamr

Sarah is a freelance journalist and contributing reporter for Time Magazine, covering the Middle East. Nominee for 2012 Los Angeles Press Club award for hard news.
Sarosh Zaiwalla

Sarosh Zaiwalla

Sarosh is Founder and Senior Partner at Zaiwalla & Co Solicitors.
Sazan Mandalawi

Sazan Mandalawi @Sazan_Mandalawi

Sazan is a Kurdish trainer, author, blogger, and volunteer.
Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas

Scott is Professor of International Politics at University of Birmingham
Sebnem Kalemli-Özcan

Sebnem Kalemli-Özcan

Ṣebnem Kalemli-Özcan, Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park, is Senior Resident Scholar at the International Monetary Fund, a...
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Selina Bieber

Selina Bieber @selinabieber

Selina is a cosmopolitan Australian currently living, working and studying in Istanbul. With a background in media and communications across several sectors, Selina...
Sham Jaff

Sham Jaff @butifulabsurdt

Sham Jaff is a passionate student of Political Science and Middle East Studies in the heart of Bavaria, Germany. Read more from her on the blog
Shams Ahsan

Shams Ahsan

Shams, a winner of the 2006 journalism fellowship of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), is Managing Editor at Saudi Gazette, Saudi Arabia's leading...
Shannon Ebrahim

Shannon Ebrahim

Shannon is a South African freelance journalist and columnist.
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Shashank Joshi

Shashank Joshi @shashj

Shashank is a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London and a doctoral student at Harvard University
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Shatha Al-Harazi

Shatha Al-Harazi @shathaalharazi

Shatha is a recipient of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Award. She is a social media activist and a political and human rights journalist. Shatha has reported...
Shehnaz Haqqani

Shehnaz Haqqani @qrratugai

Shehnaz is an Islamic Studies PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. Her interests include Islamic feminism, gender and sexuality in Islamic law, and...
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Sheyma Buali

Sheyma Buali @sheymab

Sheyma is a London-based writer and researcher with a focus on visual arts, cinema and urbanism in the Middle East.
Shorouk El Hariry

Shorouk El Hariry

Shorouk is based in Cairo and a regular contributor to Your Middle East.
Silvia Casagrande

Silvia Casagrande

Silvia Casagrande is a London-based freelance writer and researcher, with an academic background in International Relations & Diplomacy and a MA in Conflict...
Simon A. Waldman & Emre Caliskan

Simon A. Waldman & Emre Caliskan

Simon A. Waldman is Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies at King’s College London. Emre Caliskan is a journalist and PhD candidate at the University of Oxford....
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Sinem Tezyapar

Sinem Tezyapar @SinemTezyapar

Sinem is a political and religious commentator from Turkey, and an executive producer at a Turkish TV network. She is also the spokesperson of a prominent international...
Sofia Barbarani

Sofia Barbarani @SofiaBarbarani

Sofia Barbarani is a freelance journalist based in Erbil, Iraq. She has an MA in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies, King’s College London and in International...
Sofia  Patel

Sofia Patel @laramimi

Sofia recently graduated from SOAS with a distinction in MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, and she holds a BA in Spanish and Arabic from the University of Manchester....
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Sonia Mansour Robaey

Sonia Mansour Robaey

Sonia Mansour Robaey is an assistant professor at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, where she teaches Philosophy and Ethics. Sonia holds a PhD in life and health science and a PhD in philosophy. 
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Sophia Baraket

Sophia Baraket

Sophia is a photojournalist based in Tunis, covering a broad range of issues, always centering around people's lives. Check out Sophia's work on her website...
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Sophie Anmuth

Sophie Anmuth @tweesop

Sophie is a french journalist based in Cairo. She blogs for Slate Afrique:
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ST McNeil

ST McNeil

ST McNeil is an environmental convergence journalism. He is also a research assistant with the Institute of the Environment’s Strategic Environmental Research...
Stefania D'Ignoti

Stefania D'Ignoti @stef_dgn

Stefania is a multimedia journalist and student at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She is also a recent graduate of Sciences Po Paris,...
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Stephane J Baele

Stephane J Baele

Stephane is deputy director of the Centre for Advanced International Studies at the University of Exeter.
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Stephen Clement

Stephen Clement

Stephen is a researcher currently writing for The Henry Mayhew Foundation.
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Stephen Mezias

Stephen Mezias

Stephen Mezias is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD.
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Stephen  Rubin

Stephen Rubin @TheRealRubin

Stephen is an independent writer and researcher based in Tel Aviv, Israel. He is a frequent contributor to The Boston Herald, Yedioth Ahronot and Your Middle East.
Svante E. Cornell

Svante E. Cornell

Svante is Director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, and Publisher of the Turkey Analyst. He is the author of...
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T. Seleme Basturk

T. Seleme Basturk

T. Seleme Basturk, received her B.A. from Bard College and is pursuing a Media and Visual Studies degree at Bilkent University, Ankara.
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Tahir Abbas

Tahir Abbas @proftahirabbas

Tahir is a professor of sociology at Fatih University in Istanbul. Follow him on
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Tamara Smillie

Tamara Smillie

Tamara Smillie is a graduate of Arabic and International Relations, specialist in Middle Eastern affairs and was recently based in Washington D.C., working at the Middle East Institute.
Tan Tunali

Tan Tunali

Tan is a freelance journalist based in Istanbul. He holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam and is currently pursuing a Master degree...
Tania de Ildefonso Ocampos

Tania de Ildefonso Ocampos @TIldefonso

Tania is a Spanish journalist based in Tel Aviv. She specialises in the Arab-Israeli Conflict and Israeli History and Politics.
Tariq Al Hammadi

Tariq Al Hammadi

Tariq Al Hammadi is a student in Qatar and a member of the country's national debate team. An aspiring author and philosopher, he is exceptionally interested...
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Tariq  Ramadan

Tariq Ramadan @TariqRamadan

Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St Antony’s College) and also teaches at the Oxford...
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Tariq S. Nassar

Tariq S. Nassar

Tariq is an architect and urban planner. He has a double master’s degree from Stuttgart University (Germany) and Ain Shams University (Cairo) in Integrated...
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Tarja Cronberg

Tarja Cronberg @tarjacronberg

Dr Tarja Cronberg is a Member of the European Parliament. Previously, she has been Finland's Minister of Labour, a Member of the Finnish Parliament and the...
Tasbiah Akhtar

Tasbiah Akhtar @menafilmfest

Tasbiah is a writer, researcher, feminist, Arabist and contributor to @theriskyshift. She also works with social media and publicity at London MENA Film Festival.
Tasnim Nazeer

Tasnim Nazeer @tasnimnazeer1

Tasnim is a freelance journalist, author and poet. Follow her on
Teresa Goncalves

Teresa Goncalves @TreGoncalves

Teresa Goncalves has contributed to the New Statesman, FIFP, Huffington Post, Mint Magazine, amongst other publications. She has field experience in South Sudan, Lebanon, Mozambique and Kyrgyzstan.
Terri Ginsberg

Terri Ginsberg

Terri is an activist and film scholar based in New York City. She is co-author of Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema (2010), author of Holocaust Film:...
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Tevfik Murat Yildirim

Tevfik Murat Yildirim @tmyildirim

Tevfik Murat Yildirim is a PhD candidate in political science at University of Missouri. He is an Assistant Editor of the Journal of Global Analysis and the co-director...
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Theodore  H. Kattouf

Theodore H. Kattouf

Ted joined the US Foreign Service in 1972, embarking on a 30-year career that included postings to Iraq, Kuwait, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia as well as service as US...
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Timothy Cooper

Timothy Cooper

Timothy lives and works in Istanbul and Lahore as a freelance journalist and education development consultant and has a special interest in media anthropology and contemporary cinema cultures.
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Ting Fang

Ting Fang

Ting is from China. He has lived in the UK, Switzerland, Malawi, Zambia and is currently living in Yemen. He is a recent graduate in Development Studies and is learning...
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Tom Wyke

Tom Wyke @TomWyke

Tom is a freelance journalist with a particular interest in Middle Eastern affairs.
Toqa Ezzidin

Toqa Ezzidin @ToqaEzzidin

Toqa, a journalism student at Cairo University, currently works as an investigative journalist intern at the Daily News Egypt.
Transnational Foundation  for Peace & Future Research

Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research @TFFworldaffairs

TFF is an independent think tank and a global network that aims to bring about peace by peaceful means. It inspires a passion for peace from the grassroots to the corridors of power.
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Uğur  Ümit Üngör

Uğur Ümit Üngör

Uğur is Associate Professor at the Department of History at Utrecht University and Research Fellow at the Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam.
Valentina Crosato

Valentina Crosato @ethymologia

Valentina is an Italian freelance writer based in Paris, France. She is passionate about photojournalism.
Vanessa H. Larson

Vanessa H. Larson @vanessahlarson

Vanessa is an Istanbul-based freelance journalist, writer and editor.
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Vera Illugadóttir

Vera Illugadóttir

Vera is an arabic student from Iceland. She has been an intern with Your Middle East since October 2012. Follow Vera on her popular blog
Victor  Argo

Victor Argo

Victor Argo, which is a pseudonym, regularly writes for Your Middle East. He is personally connected to Lebanon.
Vidar Helgesen

Vidar Helgesen @VidarHelgesen

Vidar Helgesen is Secretary-General of International IDEA. Prior to joining IDEA, Mr. Helgesen was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway from 2001 to 2005.
Vince Perritano

Vince Perritano @VincePerritano

Vince lives in Istanbul and writes about politics and conflict in the Middle East. He served as a US Marine Corps infantryman from 2004 to 2008, including two tours in Iraq.
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Vittoria Volgare

Vittoria Volgare @VittoriaVolgare

Vittoria has studied Arabic and translation at the University of Napoli L'Orientale (Italy) and has lived in the Arab world since 2005 (Syria, Egypt, Lebanon,...
Volker Perthes

Volker Perthes

Volker Perthes is Chairman and Director of Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin.
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Wafa Ben Hassine

Wafa Ben Hassine @ousfourita

Wafa Ben Hassine is a writer, human rights advocate, and law student. Her interests include sustainable development in the global south – particularly in the...
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Walid Al-Saqaf

Walid Al-Saqaf @wsaqaf

Walid is a print/online journalist turned cyber activist. He is the founder of Yemen Portal (, a news and multi-content aggregator focused on content...
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Wided Khadraoui

Wided Khadraoui

Wided is a regular contributor to Your Middle East, currently residing in Saudi Arabia.
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William Armstrong

William Armstrong @WJ_Armstrong

William Armstrong is a freelance writer, journalist and editor based in Istanbul, Turkey. He also writes a blog on the Turkish press.
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William Bauer

William Bauer @SOCHUM_William

William Bauer is a columnist for Your Middle East, focusing on Saudi Arabia.
William Tamplin

William Tamplin

William is a PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He received funding from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to study political Bedouin poetry in Jordan in 2013-14.
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Wim Roffel

Wim Roffel

Wim studied psychology and anthropology. He is a peace activist with a special interest in ethnic conflicts and democratization. You can read more from him on his...
Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Wladimir is a political analyst and freelance journalist based in the Kurdistan region of Iraq specializing in issues surrounding Kurdish politics. He has written...
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Xanthe Ackerman

Xanthe Ackerman @XAckerman

Dr. Xanthe Ackerman is a writer based in Istanbul and a senior fellow at the Syria Research & Evaluation Organization. Formerly, as the associate director of...
Xoncha Nouri

Xoncha Nouri @xonchanouri

Xoncha is a political scientist and has worked for the Kurdistan Regional Government in Erbil. She regularly publishes in various media outlets on Kurdish issues.
Yara Ahmed

Yara Ahmed

Yara Ahmed is an MA English Literature Student and a freelance writer living in Alexandria, Egypt. You can contact her at
Yasmin Bendaas

Yasmin Bendaas @yasminbendaas

Yasmin is an anthropology major with minors in journalism and Middle East and South Asia studies. Follow Yasmin on her blog
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Yasmine Nagaty

Yasmine Nagaty @yasmine_nagaty

Yasmine is a graduate from the American University in Cairo currently employed as a project coordinator at an NGO in Egypt called Misr ElKheir.
Yassir Karooka

Yassir Karooka

Yassir is a writer and a commentator on global affairs. He also works as an independent international development consultant based in Toronto, Canada.
Yerevan Saeed

Yerevan Saeed @YerevanSaeed

Yerevan is an analyst and Head of the Energy, Security, and Economics Program at the Kurdish Policy Foundation.
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Yermi Brenner

Yermi Brenner @yermibrenner

Yermi is an Israeli-American filmmaker and reporter. His multimedia journalism has been published by Huffington Post, PBS, City Limits, Israel Social TV and other news outlets.
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Yousif  Y Eshaiker

Yousif Y Eshaiker @AlEshaiker

Yousif, a Doctor of Public Health, is an Iraqi author, writer, academic, researcher, activist and politician based in London, Amman and Baghdad. He is a member of...
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Yuri  Barmin

Yuri Barmin

Yuri is a Cambridge University graduate specializing in the Persian Gulf politics. He has several years of political risk analysis experience and regularly contributes...
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Zab Mustefa

Zab Mustefa

Zab is a freelance journalist who has written for AFP and Gulf News among others. She currently runs a blog with The Express Tribune and specialises in women's rights and youth culture.
Zackery M. Heern

Zackery M. Heern @zackeryheern

Dr. Zackery M. Heern is a professor of Middle East and Islamic studies at Murray State University. His research and teaching interests include Shi‘ism, Iraq,...
Zahir Irani

Zahir Irani

Zahir is Professor of Operations and Information Management in the Brunel Business School, which he joined in August 2006 as the Head of School. He took his PhD...
Zainab Magdy

Zainab Magdy @ZainabMagdy

Zainab was born in Giza, Egypt, and is doing an MA in Performance Theory at Cairo University where she is a teaching assistant. She has been part of writing and...
Zana Gulmohamad

Zana Gulmohamad @ZanaGul1

Zana is a PhD candidate in the Politics Department at the University of Sheffield in the UK. His research investigates the fragmentation in Iraq’s foreign...
Zane Razzaq

Zane Razzaq

Zane is a graduate student in the Journalism program at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and...
Zayd Alisa

Zayd Alisa @ZaydAlisa

Zayd Alisa is a Middle East analyst, writer, human rights activist and democracy advocate.
Zeyad Salem

Zeyad Salem @ZeyadSalem

Zeyad Salem is a freelance writer in Egypt.
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Ziad Naboulsi

Ziad Naboulsi @Mowaten_LB

Ziad Naboulsi is a Lebanese blogger and human rights activist living in Beirut. He works with civil and political rights and refugee issues for a human rights organization...
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