Lina Khatib is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Previously, she was the co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Her research interests include the international relations of the Middle East, Islamist groups, political transitions, and foreign policy. She has also published widely on public diplomacy, political communication, and political participation in the Middle East.
Khatib has published seven books, including:
Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle (I. B. Tauris, 2013) and the forthcoming
Taking to the Streets: The Transformation of Arab Activism (co-edited with Ellen Lust, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).
Her published journal articles include “Qatar’s Foreign Policy: The Limits of Pragmatism,” “Public Diplomacy 2.0,” and “Hizbullah’s Political Strategy.”
Since 2008, Khatib has been a founding co-editor of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication and a research associate at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. From 2010 to 2012, she was a nonresident research fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy. She lectured at the University of London from 2003 to 2010.
Khadija Mohsen-Finan holds a PhD in Political Science (IEP Paris) and a Degree in History (University of Aix-en-Provence). She is running a seminar on the Maghreb in International Relations at the IEP of Paris and is also teaching a course on Political transitions in the Arab World at the University of Paris I (Panthéon Sorbonne). Since 2001, she is also a professor at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice within the MIM Master. In parallel, she is also a research associate at the Institut des relations internationales et stratégiques (IRIS) in Paris. Her work focusses on the Maghreb, the Mediterranean and the Arab world in international relations. In particular, she published Le Maghreb dans les relations internationales, CNRS éditions 2011, Les Médias en Méditerranée, Actes Sud 2009, L'Image de la femme au Maghreb, Actes Sud 2008, avec Rémy Leveau Musulmans de France et d'Europe, CNRS éditions 2005, with Malika Zeghal Les islamistes dans la compétition politique : le cas du Parti de la Justice et du Développement au Maroc RFSP 2006. She is currently completing a study on the Tunisian revolution and is preparing an 'Habilitation à diriger les recherches' on the subject of: Transition and reconfiguration of political spaces in Morocco and Tunisia.
Born in 1954, he obtained his Phd (Les origines intellectuelles de l'expédition d'Égypte. L'orientalisme islamisant en France (1698-1798) under the direction of M. Dominique Chevallier) in 1981 and a doctorat d’État in 1989.He has stayed extensively in the Middle East (Kuwait, Syria, Egypt and Lebanon).
Henry Laurens has been maître de conférence at Paris IV and then Professor at INALCO.
He is teacher at the College de France since 2003, chaire d’histoire contemporaine.
He has published more than 25 books and more recently: ‘Le rêve méditerranéen’ (CNRS editions 2010) and directed ‘Terrorismes, histoire et droit’ with Mireille Delmas-Marty (CNRS editions 2010)
Bernard Haykel is Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University where he directs The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.
He also leads a project on Oil and Energy in the Middle East with a focus on the countries of the Persian Gulf. Dr. Haykel’s primary research interests center on Islamic political movements and legal thought as well as the politics and history of Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
He has published extensively on the Salafi movement in both its premodern and modern manifestations, explored in his book Revival and Reform in Islam (Cambridge University Press, 2003). He is presently completing a book on the Salafi movement around the world and, once completed, hopes to turn his attention to a monograph on the modern history of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Haykel obtained his doctorate in 1998 from the University of Oxford.
Richard Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus at Princeton University where he was a member of the faculty for forty years (1961-2001). Since 2002 he has been associated with Global & International Studies at the Santa Barbara campus of the University of California where he is currently Research Professor.
He directs a project on ‘Climate Change, Human Security and Democracy’ under the auspices of the Orfalea Center of Global & International Studies on behalf of the Moulay Hicham Foundation. He recently served as a member of the Turkish delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico.
Professor Falk has been the Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestine for the United Nations Human Rights Council since 2008. He is also Chair of the Board, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. In 2008-2009 he served as an expert advisor to the President of the UN General Assembly. He serves on the editorial boards of The Nation and The Progressive magazines, is an Honorary Editor of the American Journal of International Law, and a member of the international advisory editorial boards of Third World Quarterly and Globalizations.
Over the years, Falk has published many books, including Legal Order in a Violent World (1968); This Endangered Planet: Prospects and Proposals for Human Survival (1971); A Study of Future Worlds (1975); Predatory Globalization: A Critique (1999); Religion and Humane Global Governance (2001). His most recent book is Achieving Human Rights (2009); an edited volume entitled Legality and Legitimacy in World Affairs is scheduled for publication in 2011.
At present, Falk’s main research interests relate to climate change as a world order problem, Israel/Palestine conflict, ‘legitimacy wars,’ nuclear weaponry, and the pursuit of a nonviolent geopolitics.
Olivier Roy (1949) is currently Professor at the European University Institute (Florence): he heads the Mediterranean programme at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.
He has been a Senior Researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (since 1985), Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (since 2003), and visiting professor at Berkeley University (2008/2009).
He headed the OSCE’s Mission for Tajikistan (1993-94) and was a Consultant for the UN Office of the Coordinator for Afghanistan (1988).
His fields of works include Afghanistan, Political Islam, Middle East, Islam in the West and comparative religions. Mr. Roy received an “Agrégation de Philosophie” and a Ph.D. in Political Science (Sciences-Po, Paris).
He is the author of The failure of Political Islam (1994), Globalized Islam (2004), and Holy Ignorance (2010). He is presently working on “Islamic norms in the public sphere”, conversions and comparative religions.
Sean L. Yom is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University, specializing in the comparative politics of the Middle East. His research broadly focuses on the dynamics of authoritarian politics and the political economy of development in the Arab world.
His first book, From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East, was published by Columbia University Press in 2015.
His other current research projects scrutinize patterns of transnational hierarchy between sovereign states, the future of democratic reforms in the Arab world, and contemporary methods of comparative-historical analysis. He earned his A.B. at Brown University, his Ph.D. at Harvard University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University.
Farhad Khosrokhavar is professor at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France. His main fields of study are the Iranian society after the Islamic Revolution and Islam, in particular its radical forms in Europe and the Middle East.
He has published 17 books, three of which translated in nine different languages and more than 70 articles, mainly in French, a dozen in English, few in Persian. He has been a Rockefeller fellow (1990), has given conferences in different European and American universities (Saint Antony’s college in Oxford, Britain, Princeton, NYU, Columbia, UCLA, USC, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Texas University at Austin…) and many think tanks and other institutions. He was a Yale Visiting Scholar in 2008 and a Harvard Visiting Scholar in Winter 2009.
His latest books are: Muslims in Prison: a comparative perspective between Great Britain and France (with James Beckford and Danièle Joly) (2005); Suicide Bombers, The New Martyrs of Allah (translation from French) (2005); Quand Al Qaeda Parle: témoignages derrière les barreaux (2006); Inside Jihadism: Understanding Jihadi Movements Worldwide (2009); Être jeune dans le pays des ayatollahs (with Amir Nikpey) (2009).
Interview published in the French publication 'Le Débat'. An analysis by Moulay Hicham of the Arab Spring. To read the full version of the interview in PDF: Click Here