You may follow him on Twitter: @4DialogSK or reach him via e-mail: [email protected]
Ahmadian’s main interests are foreign policy, public diplomacy and social justice issues, especially those related to Iran, and U.S. and Canada’s foreign policy in the Middle East.
Ahmadian has a Master of Arts from the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London, England’s renowned School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and is currently pursuing a PhD in Global Studies. He previously studied History at the University of British Columbia and speaks fluent Persian, English and intermediate Arabic.
You can follow him on Twitter: @ahmadianalireza
received her J.D. from Berkeley School of Law in 2009.
His research interest is in the field of political economy, working extensively in areas such as development and governance with a key focus on the implications of political and economic shocks. At present, his work empirically examines the nature of concentration of political power and its role in shaping economic and political outcomes within the political arena of Bangladesh.
Areas of Focus:
Middle East; Israel-Palestine; Politics
Calvin was a Fulbright Scholar to Morocco where he conducted research on civil society’s role in increasing transparency and public confidence in Morocco’s government institutions and services. Calvin received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French from Duke University and has studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Paris, France. He speaks French, Spanish, Arabic and English (North Carolina’s special dialect.)
Calvin is also passionate about Southern storytelling and oral histories and is the author of Tales From My Dark Side [www.talesfrommydarkside.wordpress.com], a collection of stories about the Darks, a central North Carolina family and their unique ways of reconciling the complex notions of race, community and family.
Anything else? Oh yea, he loves to spin and is a spin instructor. http://www.expressnightout.com/2012/01/just-ask-for-directions/
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She has previously lived and worked in Fiji and the US.
David previously served as director of studies at the Pacific Council on International Policy, in charge of the Council’s think tank focused on foreign policy issues of special resonance to the U.S West Coast, and was project director of the Bi-national Task Force on Enhancing India-U.S. Cooperation in the Global Innovation Economy that was jointly organized by the Pacific Council and the Federation of Indian Chambers & Industry. He received his doctorate in international relations at the University of Southern California, writing his dissertation on the India-Pakistan strategic rivalry, and took his masters degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Areas of Focus:
Africa; Zimbabwe; South Africa; Apartheid
He lived in Okayama, Japan, where he taught English at a junior high school through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program for three years. He is a graduate from the University of Kansas, where he received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology.
His interest in Japan began in elementary school after seeing Godzilla fight Ghidorah, the three-headed monster. But it wasn’t until he discovered Akira Kurosawa’s films through their spaghetti Western remakes that he truly became fascinated in the people and culture of Japan.
He lives in Kansas with his wife, daughter and guinea pig.
Visit him online at www.dustindye.net.
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Ms. Rostoum has spent many years living, working, and traveling in the Middle East and North Africa region. Most recently, Ms. Rostoum spent nearly two years living and working in Saudi Arabia where she provided oil analysis for the first energy think tank in the kingdom. Previously, Ms. Rostoum spent five years as a Senior Oil Market Analyst with IHS CERA’s Global Oil Group, where she was responsible for oil price forecasting, and energy supply and demand outlooks. She was a coauthor of CERA’s respected World Oil Watch and Monthly Oil Briefings. Ms. Rostoum specializes in scenario-building and Decision Analysis science, and has advised and consulted for private and governmental clients worldwide.
Ms. Rostoum started her career in energy with Chevron Corporation, where she analyzed decision-making and upstream business investment activity in the Middle East, particularly focusing on Chevron’s market access strategy for Iraq. Previously, Ms. Rostoum was a Senatorial Aide to United States Senator Susan Collins, and a Researcher at the U.S. State Department.
Ms. Rostoum is fluent in Arabic and French, and is conversant in Spanish and German. She holds a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts in Government from Harvard University, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Bates College, and a Certificate in Decision Analysis and Risk Management from Stanford University.
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Faheem has research expertise in democratic theory and the political economy of democracy in South Asia. In whatever time he has to spare, Faheem paints, writes, and edits his own blog on the photographic image and its relationship to the political narrative of fascist, liberal and progressivist art.
That work and associated writing can be found at the following link: http://blackandwhiteandthings.wordpress.com
Ilyana holds an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University.
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He has lived, worked and studied in Israel and done extensive traveling throughout the region. He once played music with Hadag Nachash.
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He is currently a Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia. He has traveled to both Israel and Morocco and has attended the Middlebury Arabic School program.
A Founding Member of the Department of Homeland Security, Millar was also the deputy spokesperson-senior writer for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria. She has authored numerous speeches, articles and opeds under her own and client bylines, and her work, focusing on trafficking, terrorism, border and national security, has appeared in both national and international outlets, including The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Financial Times, and Vital Speeches of the Day.
Kathleen Millar holds an MA from Georgetown University and was the recipient of a United Nations Fellowship, International Affairs, Oxford. She is a member of the Georgetown University Alumni Association, Women in International Security (GU), the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, and the American News Women’s Club in Washington, DC. Kathleen Millar is currently teaching and writing about efforts to combat transnational organized crime.
Areas of Focus: Transitional justice; Women’s rights; Africa
You can follow her on Twitter: @gueritametz or read her individual blog: www.mariemetz.com
Follow her on Twitter @LockhartFortner.
Mia examines how climate change is reshaping the geopolitics of the Arctic through an investigation of scientific endeavors, transportation and trade networks, governance, and natural resource development. Her masters dissertation investigated the extent of an Asian-Arctic region, focusing on the activities of Korea, China, and Japan in the circumpolar north. Mia’s work has appeared in ReNew Canada, Water Canada, FACTA, and Baltic Rim Economies, among other publications.
She speaks French, Swedish, and is learning Russian.
Follow her on Twitter @miageografia
Areas of focus: China, International Trade, Globalization, Global Governance, Constitutional Developments.
Contact: [email protected]
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Areas of Focus: Politics and Civil Society in the Middle East, Diplomacy, International Development
Fatali has been blogging since 2007, writing about politics, human rights and social issues in Azerbaijan. Since 2009 she has worked as a journalist, associate editor and copywriter in non-profit and private sectors.
She is in her first year of graduate studies in journalism in the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Personal blog: http://nigarfatali.com
Reza holds a Double Major BA Honors in English Literature and Communication Studies from York University in Toronto; an MA degree in Communication Studies from University of Calgary in Alberta; and an MBA from Schulich School of Business at York University.
Reza is fluent in Persian, Turkish, and English, and has working knowledge of Korean.
Follow Reza on Twitter: @RezaAkhlaghi
Areas of Focus:
Law; Economics and Commerce; Americas; Europe; Refugees; Immigration
His research focuses on global energy politics, mining, infrastructure and trade, global political risk and macroeconomics. He is fond of using scenario development and analysis.
He has lived on three continents and traveled to over 40 countries around the world. He now lives and works in New York City.
Sahar can be followed on Twitter @sahar_said.
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Sica first started her career in the Canadian Parliament, working as a Senate Page and quickly moved on to work in many political offices, and most notably served as Executive Parliamentary Assistant to Senator Hugh Segal, Chair of the Anti-Terrorism Committee and Canada’s Special Envoy to the Commonwealth.
She is also a former political staffer at the Canadian Embassy in Ankara, has worked in the education sector in Istanbul and is a member of the Atlantic Council of Canada.
She is a native French speaker and is also fluent in English, with working knowledge of Turkish and Spanish.
Areas of Focus:
USSR; US-Russia Relations; Culture and Society; Media; Civil Society; Politics; Espionage; Oligarchs