Editorial Board


Anthony Tirado Chase

A Professor at Occidental College in California and Chair of its Young Initiative on the Global Political Economy, Chase has published widely on human rights in the Middle East and globally. His recent work focuses on city-level action through collaboration with the Los Angeles Mayor’s office to translate global norms, including human rights, Sustainable Development Goals, and transitional justice, into local policy. Chase is the author of several books including and Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices (2006), which he co-edited with Amr Hamzawy, the Routledge Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa (2017), Human Rights, Revolution, and Reform in the Muslim World (2012), and most recently he co-edited Human Rights at the Intersections: Transformations through Local, Global, and Cosmopolitan Landscapes (2023). He has received fellowships from Harvard Law School, Fulbright, and the U.S. Institute of Peace, among others and has worked  with non-governmental organizations including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Program, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Eberhard Kienle

Is a Directeur de Recherche (Research Professor) of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and a Professor of politics at Sciences Po. Kienle previously held the position of director at both the Institut de Recherches et d’Études sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman (IREMAM, Institute for the Study of the Arab and Muslim World) in Aix-en-Provence and the Institut Français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo, French Near East Institute) in Beirut. He has also served as a program officer at the Ford Foundation Middle East Office in Cairo and as a Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Over the years, Kienle has published extensively on the political sociology and economy of the Middle East, as well as its international relations. His research interests include economic and social policies, political regime transformations, and the erosion and disintegration of contemporary states, with a geographical focus on Egypt and the Fertile Crescent.

Ezzedine C. Fishere

A writer and former diplomat who has been teaching Middle East politics at Dartmouth College since 2016. Prior to that, he taught at the American University in Cairo and conducted diplomatic missions in the Middle East for the Egyptian government (1989-2007), the United Nations (2001-2005), and the Arab League (2011-2014). Additionally, Fishere actively participated in the Tahrir Uprising, supporting pro-democracy groups and presidential candidates. His novels, originally written in Arabic and translated into English, French, and Italian, vividly depict the struggles faced by contemporary Egyptians and Arabs. Since 2019, he has been a contributing columnist at The Washington Post.

Lynn Welchman

A Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Welchman has been teaching at SOAS since 1997. She specialises in Islamic law, Gender, Law, and Society in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Human Rights and Islamic Law. She also designed and convenes the International Human Rights Clinic, for which she was a joint winner of the SOAS Director’s Prize for Inspirational Teaching in 2019. Additionally, Welchman is a Board member of the Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Support of Human Rights Defenders and served on the International Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundation’s MENA office and on the Board of INTERIGHTS (the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights). Her academic contributions extend to numerous publications in her areas of expertise, including her most recent work Al-Haq: A Global History of the First Palestinian Human Rights Organisation (2021). In December 2021, Welchman was appointed to the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.

Michele Dunne

Is a non-resident scholar in Carnegie’s Middle East Programme, where her research focuses on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as U.S. policy in the Middle East. She was the founding director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council from 2011 to 2013 and was a senior associate and editor of the Arab Reform Bulletin at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 2006 to 2011. Dunne was also a Middle East specialist at the U.S. Department of State from 1986 to 2003, where she served in assignments that included the National Security Council, the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff, the U.S. embassy in Cairo, the U.S. consulate general in Jerusalem, and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. She also served as a visiting professor of Arabic language and Arab studies at Georgetown from 2003 to 2006.

Noha Aboueldahab

An Assistant Professor at Georgetown University in Qatar, Aboueldahab specialises in international law and transitional justice. She is also a senior non-resident fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs and was previously a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution. Aboueldahab is the author of the book Transitional Justice and the Prosecution of Political Leaders in the Arab Region (2020). Her work has been published and cited in the Journal of International Criminal Justice, the International Criminal Law Review, and several mainstream media outlets. Her forthcoming book examines the role of Arab diasporas in expanding the political, legal, and intellectual spaces of transitional justice and international law.

Robert Springborg

A Research Fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs and an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University, Springborg has held various academic and consultancy positions focusing on the Middle East. He currently occupies the MBI Al Jaber Chair in Middle East Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and serves as the Director of the American Research Center in Egypt. Previously, he was a Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School and a Professor of Middle East Politics at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Springborg has also worked as a consultant on Middle East governance and politics for USAID, the U.S. State Department, the UNDP, and various UK government departments. He has authored several books, including Egypt (2018) and Political Economies of the Middle East and North Africa (2020). Springborg is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Egypt (2021) and co-editor of The Political Economy of Education in the Arab World (2021).

Zahra’ Langhi

A feminist activist and researcher, Langhi co-founded the Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace (LWPP) and is an expert in peace-building, mediation, and Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) in the Middle East. She currently serves as a researcher at the Reconciliation Studies Centre at Friedrich Schiller University and participates as a member of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum: Track I Formal Peace Negotiations, facilitated by the United Nations with the mandate to establish a roadmap for national elections. Langhi is also a former UN diplomat with a focus on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) in the Middle East. Additionally, she is the Focal Point for GAMAAC (Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes) in North Africa and is a member of the Opinion Advisory Board on Women, Peace & Security established by the African Union. Langhi has made significant contributions to research and literature on Libya and the broader Arab region. Her work focuses on gender, human rights, mediation, peace-building, state-building, constitutional development, reconciliation, and religion.

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