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Middle East/North Africa 



Assistant Professor Jeff Colgan is an expert on the geopolitics of oil, the resource curse linking oil exporters to war and instability, international security, and international political economy. In his new book, Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War (Cambridge University Press 2013), Colgan presents a new theory of why oil is linked to international conflict: petrostates with revolutionary governments have a much higher propensity to instigate militarized conflict than other types of states. He has articles published or forthcoming in several of the very best International Relations journals, including International Organization, World Politics, International Security, and Foreign Policy. Previously, Colgan worked as a consultant for McKinsey and Company, the Brattle Group, and the World Bank. He is currently a Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Click here for more info.




Assistant Professor Loubna Skalli-Hanna’s research interests are grounded in the interdisciplinary tradition, and examine issues at the intersections of development, politics, gender, youth, culture and communication. Her regional expertise is in the Middle East and North Africa. Dr. Skalli-Hanna is a frequent commentator on the Arab Spring (Al Jazeera), as a specialist in youth/women movements, development and human rights in the region. She has published extensively in academic journals including Gender and Society, Middle East Journal, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Journal of Middle East Women Studies, and Journal of Culture and Communication in the Middle East. She has published numerous book chapters and has contributed with articles to the Award Winning Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women (Editor. John Esposito). Skalli-Hanna has authored 2 books and has two forthcoming books with Columbia University Press (Middle Eastern Youth) and the Brandeis University Press (Gender Politics and the Arab Spring).  An active member of international organizations, she served on the Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Chair “Women and their Rights” (Morocco) and the Board of Directors of the Maghreb Center, a Washington-based think tank for policy research on North Africa. She has consulted with numerous development actors/agencies including World Learning, InterMedia and Broadcasting Board of Governors, US Department of Labor and Department of State. Click here for more info.





Associate Professor Sharon Weiner’s research focuses on security and the interface between institutional design, bureaucratic politics, and U.S. defense and foreign policy. Her current project looks at civil-military relations in the United States and especially how the structure of the Department of Defense influences the relationship between the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Congress, and civilian influence over defense policy. Other projects focus on the politicization of military advice in the United States, U.S. relations with Pakistan and India, and U.S. decision making on nuclear weapons issues. Her previous book, Our Own Worst Enemy? Institutional Interests and the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Expertise (MIT Press 2011), the 2012 recipient of the Louis Brownlow award from the National Academy of Public Administration, examines the role of organizational and partisan politics in the success and failure of U.S. cooperative nonproliferation programs with the former Soviet Union. Click here for more info.