Contributors on the MPC Journal


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Chris Zambelis

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is a senior analyst with Helios Global Inc., a risk management group based in the Washington, D.C.-area. He specializes in Middle East affairs. The opinions expressed here are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the position of Helios Global, Inc.

Abid Xalid Rasul

Abid Xalid Rasul

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Dr. Abid Xalid Rasul is associate professor and acting dean at the University of Sulaymani, college of Political science. He is editor-in-chief of Political and Security studies journal. He has published several articles in Kurdish and Arabic language.

Daniel Wagner

Daniel Wagner

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is the CEO of Country Risk Solutions in Connecticut, US.

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Aileen Völlger

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is a social scientist with the focus on intercultural relations. She is currently doing her Master‘s degree in „Society, Globalization and Development“ at the University of Bonn. Her great interest in intercultural issues and different concepts of society led her to spend one semester in Cairo. She works as an editing manager at the Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal.

Christine Thaler

Christine Thaler

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is a graduate student in French-German Management (M.A.) and in European Studies (B.A.) with the focus on Human Resources Management. Cross-border understanding and intercultural communication are key topics for her. She did not only spend two months volunteering as a German teacher in Togo, but also worked on a voluntary basis as a young ambassador to promote French-German cooperation and friendship among youngsters. As a young manager at Human Resources, finding a way of how to successfully integrate refugees into the German job market is a forward-looking challenge to her.

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Azaz Syed

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is a prominent, award-winning Pakistani investigative reporter for Geo News and The News. He is the author of the acclaimed book, The Secrets of Pakistan's War On Al Qaeda.

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Key-young Son

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is Humanities Professor at the Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University. He and coauthor professor Herberg-Rothe are the authors of the forthcoming book, Order Wars and Floating Balance: How the Rising Powers Are Reshaping Our Worldview in the Twenty-First Century

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Erika Simpson

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is an Associate Professor at Western University in the department of political science, vice-president of the Canadian Peace Research Association and a director of the Canadian Pugwash Group, the national affiliate of the Pugwash Conferences of Science and Global Affairs. Recently she was awarded the 2015 Shirley Farlinger Award for Peace Writings by Canadian Voice of Women, an NGO with consultative status at the UN.

Wolfgang Seibel

Wolfgang Seibel

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Wolfgang Seibel is a Professor of Political and Administrative Sciences at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. He held guest professorships at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University and the Central European University, Budapest. He was twice a temporary member of the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, and a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin. In 2009, he was elected member of the Heidelberg Academy of Science. His latest publications include “Arduous Learning or New Uncertainties? The Emergence of German Diplomacy in the Ukrainian Crisis” (Global Policy, 2015), "Persecution and Rescue. The Politics of the ‘Final Solution’ in France, 1940‐1944” (University of Michigan Press, 2016) and “Verwaltung verstehen. Eine theoriegeschichtliche Einführung” [Understanding Public Administration. A History-of-Theory-based Introduction] (Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Wissenschaft 2016). Address: University of Konstanz, Department of Politics and Public Administration, 78457 Konstanz, Germany, phone +49 (0)7531 88-3684, wolfgang.seibel@uni-konstanz.de

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Sarah Ribbert

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Sarah Ribbert is studying social sciences with the focus on intercultural relations at Fulda University of Applied Sciences. She is going to finish her BA this year. She works as a trainee for the MPC Journal.

Tariq Ramadan

Tariq Ramadan

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Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St Antony’s College) and also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology. He is visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, (Qatar) and the University of Malaysia Perlis; Senior Research Fellow at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) (Doha, Qatar).

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Anouar Rahmani

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is 22 years old from Algeria. As a blogger and human rights activist, he has been struggling since 8 years for individual liberties, human rights, environment and animal’s rights. He also attempts to make the voices of minorities heard in his country, such as LGBT minorities being the first Algerian who defended their rights using his real name, and the first Algerian who demanded and fought for same sex marriage to be legislated. Being engaged in defending

the rights of religious minorities like Christians and Jews, intellectual freedom and Atheists’ rights, he faced many threats from extremists over the past years.

Darwn Rahim

Darwn Rahim

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is a PhD candidate at Erfurt University in Germany. He hold an MA in Security studies from Bundeswher University in Munich. He is also a research fellow at George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. He has served as the personal assistant to the spokesman of Kurdistan Regional Parliament.

Xavier Quintana

Xavier Quintana

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is an Anthropologist at the University of Utah, studying on the cultures of T urkey, the Republic of Georgia, and Azerbaijan.

George X. Protopapas

George X. Protopapas

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is an analyst of geopolitics and security at the Center for International Strategic Analyses. He participated as a speaker in international conferences for Diplomacy and Regional Security and published numerous articles in Greek and foreign magazines. He studied European Studies at University of Hertfordshire and pursued postgraduate studies in International Relations at the University of Kent. He is the Senior Editor at the Greek printed magazine Defence & Diplomacy and Senior Data Analyst at Paloservices.com.

Can Özcan

Can Özcan

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is a Middle East expert at the University of Utah, teaching Turkish language, politics, and foreign policy

Jaime Ortega

Jaime Ortega

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is the president and founder of The Daily Journalist, the birthplace of Neo-journalism. He is an expert on foreign policy, national politics, world history and international affairs. He is award winner School of journalism, Ohio State University.

Yusuke Momodori

Yusuke Momodori

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Momodori is a Resident Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Utah, focusing on Japanese politics and foreign policy.

Abhishek Mohanty

Abhishek Mohanty

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is studying M.A Politics: International and Area Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He is a Junior Research Associate at German Southeast Asian Centre of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance- Bangkok, Junior Researcher at Centre for Southeast Asian Studies- Jakarta, and Research Intern at Centre for Vietnam Studies- New Delhi. Research interests include critical analysis of foreign policies, regional and global issues of Indo-Pacific countries.

Kajal Mohammadi

Kajal Mohammadi

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is an Iranian Kurdish PhD Candidate at Carleton University in Ottawa Canada . She holds an MA in Sociology.

Joergen Oerstroem Moeller

Joergen Oerstroem Moeller

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is a visiting senior fellow with the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute; adjunct professor with the Singapore Management University and Copenhagen Business School; and honorary alumnus with the University of Copenhagen.

Irshad Manji

Irshad Manji

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is the founder and director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University and author of Allah, Liberty, and Love (2011).

Daniel Little

Daniel Little

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Daniel Little is a philosopher of social science with a strong interest in Asia. He is professor of philosophy and chancellor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where he has served since 2000. He writes on social explanation, Marx, late imperial China, the philosophy of history, and the ethics of economic development. The theory of causal mechanisms as an account of social explanation is a primary current interest. His recent books include New Contributions to the Philosophy of History (Springer, 2010) and The Paradox of Wealth and Poverty: Mapping the Ethical Dilemmas of Global Development (Westview Press, 2003). His academic blog can be found at www.understandingsociety.blogspot.com.

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Jon V. Kofas

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is a retired university professor. Between 1979 and 2005 Kofas was a professor at several universities such as Loyola University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Marquette University and most recently Indiana University Kokomo. He published 11 books, chapters in two edited books, two dozen articles, and more than 700 blog articles. His latest book in 2005 was titled INDEPENDENCE from AMERICA: Global Integration & Inequality.

Hakim Khatib

Hakim Khatib

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Hakim Khatib studied political science of the Middle East, European Studies, journalism and linguistics. He has been lecturing at different German universities since 2011 on issues related to ideology and the interplay of power thereof in socio-political life, and religion and its relationship to contemporary politics in the regions of West Asia and North Africa, especially Egypt and Syria. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Mashreq Politics & Culture Journal (MPC Journal) since 2014 and has published over 100 articles in different languages, academic and otherwise, in a wide spectrum of on-line and printed newspapers, journals and think tanks. His current research focuses on Islam-inspired political ideologies such as Islamist extremism and Salafism, radicalisation, de-radicalisation processes in Germany as well as peace and conflict in the Middle East.

Marie Khatib

Marie Khatib

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is an expert in intercultural communication and international marketing. She finished her Bachelor's in social sciences with the focus on intercultural communication in Germany and is currently doing her Master's Degree in French German management in France. She likes travelling and meeting people from different backgrounds and promotes intercultural dialogue and exchange.

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Majed Kayali

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is a prominent Syrian writer and political scientist. He writes for a number of Arab newspapers and has published numerous studies on contemporary political thinking in the Arab world.

Arkan Ahmed Jaf

Arkan Ahmed Jaf

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Lecturer in Modern History of Iran at the University of Suleimaniyah

Andreas Herberg-Rothe

Andreas Herberg-Rothe

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is an internationally renowned Clausewitz scholar and senior lecturer at the faculty of social and cultural studies at Fulda University of Applied Sciences in Germany. His last book was titled “Lessons from World War I for the Rise of Asia”. Together with Key-young Son (Seoul) he has just finished the manuscript of a new book under the title “In between East and West: Floating balance, harmony, recognition and order wars in the twenty-first century” (forthcoming 2017).

Rahim Hamid

Rahim Hamid

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is an Ahwazi Arab freelance journalist and human rights advocate and co-founder of Ahwaz Monitor website who mainly writes about the plight of his people in Iran.

Mohammad Hamdash

Mohammad Hamdash

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is a former member at the financial transfers department of Baraka Bank in Syria and an expert in international law. Mohammad is a licensed lawyer from Damascus University Council. He graduated his Bachelor's in international law in 2010 and his Diploma as a practicing lawyer and an international arbitration advisor in 2013.

Hawre Hasan Hama

Hawre Hasan Hama

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Hawre Hasan Hama is an associate research fellow at Mashreq Politics & and Culture Journal. He obtained his MA in International Studies at the University of Sheffield in the UK. Hawre is currently a lecturer at University of Sulaimani, College of Political Science. He is a Kurdish security expert whose research and publication focus on security studies, security sector reform, media representation, and party politics in the post-conflict context, especially in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He is currently the director of Security Studies program at Kurdistan Conflict and Crisis Research Center and also editor-in-chief of the English section of Kurdistan Conflict and Crisis Research Center.

Conn M. Hallinan

Conn M. Hallinan

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is a columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus, “A Think Tank Without Walls, and an independent journalist. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. He oversaw the journalism program at the University of California at Santa Cruz for 23 years, and won the UCSC Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as UCSC’s Innovations in Teaching Award, and Excellence in Teaching Award. He was also a college provost at UCSC, and retired in 2004. He is a winner of a Project Censored “Real News Award,” and lives in Berkeley, California.

Dalia Gebrial

Dalia Gebrial

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is an Egyptian writer and journalist living in London. Currently, she is particularly interested in raising awareness about the historical and current labour and feminist movements in the Arab world.

Miriam Förstle

Miriam Förstle

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is the assistant of Herberg-Rothe in the research project “Western and non-Western conceptions of international relations”.

Fadi Elhusseini

Fadi Elhusseini

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is a political Counsellor. He is a commissioning editor at e-International Relations and he is an Associate Research Fellow (ESRC) at the Institute for Middle East Studies- Canada. Elhusseini holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Sunderland in Britain. He contributed with one chapter in a book entitled The Turkish Foreign Policy in the New Millennium and published a number of academic articles and papers. Elhusseini is a contributing writer for a number of magazines and journals and his articles appeared in scores of newspapers in English, French, Arabic and Italian. His research interests lie in international relations, Turkey, Arabs in the Middle East, the Middle East Peace Process and contemporary Islamic movements in the Arab World.

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Ivan E. Rosado

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Mohammed S. Dajani

Mohammed S. Dajani

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is the Weston Fellow at The Washington Institute. He founded the Wasatia movement of moderate Islam and previously worked as a professor of political science at al-Quds University in Jerusalem.

Giorgio Cafiero

Giorgio Cafiero

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is the Co-Founder of Gulf State Analytics.

Richard Black

Richard Black

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is Pro-Director (Research and Enterprise) at SOAS University of London. Prior to moving to SOAS in 2013, he was founding Head of the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex. Richard is widely published on issues concerning migration, refugees, development and environmental change. He was editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies from 1994-2009 and was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2012. His books include A continent moving west? (Amsterdam, 2010), Targeting Development (Routledge, 2004) and Refugees, Environment and Development (Longman, 1998) and he has recent articles in Nature, Nature Climate Change, and Global Environmental Change. Richard has field experience across various countries of sub-Saharan Africa and southern/south-eastern Europe.

Ilham Bint Sirin

Ilham Bint Sirin

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Ilham Bint Sirin studied Russian language and culture with Persian as a minor in Paris. On top of Russian and Persian she speaks Kurdish and Turkish. She has been covering the Middle East as well as ex-Soviet countries for eight years on her blog Middle Eastern Tales, as well as publishing the occasional article in newspapers such as The Georgia Messenger, or websites like OpenDemocracy or The Global Dispatches.

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Iris Bendtsen

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Iris speaks Turkish and some Kurdish and has covered Turkey and the different parts of Kurdistan for nine years on her blog kurdistandiary.blogspot.com

Merle Becker

Merle Becker

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is a journalist and actress. She studies Peace- and Conflict Studies in Frankfurt University. Merle is the founder of the organization “Academic Experience Worldwide”, an organization that helps asylum seeking academics integrate into an academic environment here in Germany.

Yvette Hovsepian Bearce

Yvette Hovsepian Bearce

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is a Middle East scholar and researcher specializing in contemporary Iranian politics. She is a political and cultural advisor to academic delegations traveling to Iran and appears as a guest lecturer on current developments in the Middle East. Her book, The Political Ideology of Ayatollah Khamenei: Out of the Mouth of the Supreme Leader of Iran (Routledge, 2015) was published as a volume in the UCLA Center for Middle East Development series. It has attracted the attention of several prominent U.S. and global leaders. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary Iranian politics, Shi'i political thought, history of Islam, and the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. Her second book, in progress, is on the subject of Iranian youth. She earned an A.A. from Glendale Community College; a B.A. in Business from California State University, Northridge; an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California; and a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Karzan Omar Ali

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is a lecturer at the University of Sulaimani

Jumana Alasaad

Jumana Alasaad

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is an archaeologist and a PhD candidate specialised in history and cultures of the ancient Near East, especially Iraq and Syria. She has finished a Masters Degree in Old Near East Archaeology from Ruprecht Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany. She has joined many excavations and archaeology projects in Syria and recently in Iraq. In addition to her contribution to the culture section on the MPC Journal and her research on the cultures and history of West Asia and North Africa, she also offers lectures in Standard Arabic at the Volkshochschule in Heidelberg.

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Homayun Alam

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is a research fellow at Frankfurt Research Center on Global Islam at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. Dr. Alam is specialized on cultural Islam, Iran and Persian culture.

Tariq Al-Maeena

Tariq Al-Maeena

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The writer is a Saudi socio/political commentator whose areas of interests cover Muslim, Arab and regional affairs. He lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and can be reached at @talmaeena.

Syed Qamar Afzal Rizvi

Syed Qamar Afzal Rizvi

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is an independent ‘IR’ researcher-cum-writer based in Pakistan. His research focuses on Conflict-Prevention, International Law, War Studies and other major issues relating to South Asia, Middle East, the European Union, the United Nations, and the US Foreign Policy.

Linda Abirafeh

Linda Abirafeh

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Director, Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World, Lebanese American University

Farhad Hassan Abdullah

Farhad Hassan Abdullah

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is an Editor in Chief at the Kurdistan Conflict and Crisis Research Centre and a lecturer at the University of Sulaimani, Department of Politics and International Relations / in Iraqi Kurdistan. He holds an M.A. in Strategic and Defense Studies from the University of Malaya, Malaysia. Address: Sulaimanyah – Kurdistan Region – Iraq Email: farhad.abdul@univsul.edu.iq

Burhan Ghalioun

Burhan Ghalioun

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is presently a Professor of Political Sociology at the Universite La Sorbonne Nouvelle. He is the author of several authoritative books as well as over a hundred academic articles in various journals on political Islam, Arab political culture and state and society relations in the Arab World.

MPC Journal Team

MPC Journal Team

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Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal is an independent platform focuses on West Asia & North Africa & Occident-Orient Relations

Neville Teller

Neville Teller

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was born in London and is a graduate of Oxford University. He has been commenting on the Middle East scene for over thirty years. He is Middle East correspondent for the Eurasia Review and his articles also appear regularly in other publications and in his blog “A Mid-East Journal”. His books include “One Man’s Israel” (2008), “One Year in the History of Israel and Palestine” (2011) and “The Search for Détente” (2014). A past chairman of the Society of Authors’ Broadcasting Committee, he is a veteran radio and audio dramatist and abridger. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006 he was awarded the MBE for services to broadcasting and drama.

James M. Dorsey

James M. Dorsey

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is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies as Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, co-director of the Institute of Fan Culture of the University of Würzburg and the author of the blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, and a forthcoming book with the same title.

Rick Francona

Rick Francona

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An acknowledged Middle East expert, dynamic speaker, author of Ally to Adversary - An Eyewitness Account of Iraq's Fall from Grace, former NBC and current CNN military analyst, retired intelligence officer Lt Col Rick Francona offers his thoughts and opinions on various Middle East topics.

M. KH. and A. D.

M. KH. and A. D.

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Administrators of Lesbian Diary page and activist journalists for minority rights in the Middle East and North Africa. They have publications in several news outlets on the matter.

Belkebir Boumediene

Belkebir Boumediene

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Dr Boumediene is an Algerian university lecturer and researcher specialises in organizational culture and change management and innovation. He published several books in Arabic such as: Change Management and performance in the Arab organizations, Age of Knowledge Economy, Organizational Culture in Business Organizations, Arab Spring Postponed and Field Studies in Business Administration. Boumediene also published a series of important studies and researches in numerous scientific journals and participated in many Arab and international conferences.

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Alex

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KCCRC

KCCRC

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KURDISTAN CONFLICT AND CRISIS RESEARCH CENTER (KCCRC) is a partner of Mashreq Politics & Culture Journal (MPC Journal). It is an independent, not-for-profit organization, focused on a broad range of issues and topics, grouped under three projects: Political Studies, Terrorism and security studies and Islamic studies.