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Tariq Adely

Tariq Adely

Hometown: Yonkers, New York

Research Interests: Cultural Production, Cities and Space, Prison Literature

Tariq graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 2014 with a BA in Comparative Literature and a focus on literary translation from Spanish to English . . .

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Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi

Hometown: Baghdad, Iraq

Research Interests: Iraqi National Reconciliation

Khairuldeen holds a degree in Political Science and Near Eastern Languages and Literature from UC Berkeley. His writing has appeared in The Arab Weekly, Foreign Policy Journal, Middle East Eye, Berkeley Political Review, openDemocracy . . .

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Majd al Waheidi

Hometown: Gaza, Palestine

Research Interests: Politics, diplomacy, and culture

Majd Al Waheidi is a first-year student in MAAS, with a concentration in Politics. She comes to DC after three years as the New York Times Gaza Reporter. Born in Gaza to a Bedouin family from Beersheva . . .

Sima Aldardari

Sima Aldardari

Hometown: Damascus, Syria

Research Interests: Development, displacement, anthropology of the Arab world, and local governance

Sima holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from the American University of Beirut and an MA in Conflict, Governance, and International Development from the University of East Anglia . . .

Mohammed Alhammami

Mohammed Alhammami

Hometown: Gaza, Palestine

Research Interests: Nationalism, political identity, conflict resolution, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, development, gender

Mohammed graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with a joint major in Public Policy and Government . . .

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Minatullah Alobaidi

Hometown: Baghdad, Iraq

Research Interests: Development in post-Daesh Iraq, effects of social media on the Arab World

Minatullah Alobaidi is an alumnus of the American University of Iraq Sulaimaniyah (AUIS), originally from Baghdad, Iraq. Minatullah graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree . . .

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Abrar Alshammari

Hometown: Kuwait City, Kuwait

Research Interests: Politics in Kuwait, freedom of expression in the Gulf, human rights, tribalism, women’s changing roles

Abrar Alshammari graduated with a BA in International Relations, and a minor in English Language and Literature from the American University of Kuwait . . .

Ghadeer Awwad

Ghadeer Awwad

Hometown: Nablus, Palestine

Research Interests: Women empowerment, conflict resolution, peacebuilding and human rights, Palestinian society under Israeli occupation

Ghadeer earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in International Studies and Human development & social Relations from Earlham College . . .

David Balgley

David Balgley

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Research Interests: Agrarian political economy, rural development, land tenure, Maghrib studies, customary resource management, political ecology

David graduated with honors from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington in 2016 with a BA in International Political Economy . . .

Diego Bercito

Diogo Bercito

Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil

Research Interests: Literature, migration

Diogo is a Brazilian journalist specializing in the Middle East. He has lived in Rabat, Jerusalem, Beirut, and Cairo. Diogo covered the 2013 Egyptian coup, the 2014 Gaza war, and the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen . . .