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Paul Salem is senior vice president for policy analysis, research and programs at The Middle East Institute. He focuses on issues of political change, transition, and conflict as well as the regional and international relations of the Middle East.  He has a particular emphasis on the countries of the Levant and Egypt. Salem writes regularly in the Arab and Western press and has been published in numerous journals and newspapers. Salem is the author and editor of a number of books and reports including From Chaos to Cooperation: Toward Regional Order in the Middle East (ed.

Marvin G. Weinbaum is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and served as analyst for Pakistan and Afghanistan in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research from 1999 to 2003. He is currently director for Pakistan Studies at The Middle East Institute.

Gönül Tol is the founding director of The Middle East Institute’s Center for Turkish Studies. She is also an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies.

After three years of field research in Germany and the Netherlands, she wrote her dissertation on the radicalization of the Turkish Islamist movement Milli Gorus in Western Europe. 

Amber Herrle is the Development Assistant at The Middle East Institute.

Nathan Stock is a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute. Previously he directed the Carter Center’s Israel-Palestine Field Office for three and a half years, until the summer of 2017.  He led Carter Center efforts to facilitate the reunification of the Palestinian political system and to assert Palestinian sovereignty via international fora.

Meriam Manell Sassi is a facilitator of international education efforts abroad and at home. A Program Officer for the Cultural and Professional Exchanges department, Sassi works on narrating the story of MEI's exchanges to a broader audience whether by working with the press to share stories of the program's fellows or leading impact-driven program evaluations.

Amal Kandeel is a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute. She specializes in the political economy of the Middle East, and particularly in water and food security, agriculture and climate change, and poverty and rural development issues. Her work has been focused on Egypt, as well as on Jordan and Syria.

Dr. Ibrahim Saif served as Jordan's minister of energy & mineral resources from March 2015 to June 2017. He previously served as the minister of planning and international cooperation. Prior to his appointment, Saif was a senior scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, and served as a consultant to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and other international organizations. Saif is also a former director of the Centre for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan, and served as the secretary general of the Economic and Social Council in Jordan.

Bilal Y. Saab is senior fellow and director of the Defense and Security Program at the Middle East Institute. He specializes in the Levant and the Persian Gulf. Previously, he was senior fellow and director of the Middle East Peace and Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, where he also created and chaired the Gulf Policy Working Group and led the Middle East Crisis Simulation Series. Saab is a term member with the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dennis M. Gormley began his career when he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966 and was commissioned an ordnance officer. He was selected to become the intelligence-briefing officer for 22 flag-rank officers at the Army Material Command headquarters in Washington, D.C. After military service, Mr. Gormley became the civilian head of intelligence at the Army’s Harry Diamond Laboratories in Washington. Mr.