Regional Expertise - Middle East

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  • Photo of Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley

    Associate Professor

    Areas of Research: Arms Control and Nonproliferation, Biodefense, Ethics and Weapons Development, Former Soviet States, Health and Security, Illicit Trade, International Security, Knowledge Management, Qualitative Methods, Science and Technology Studies, Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Photo of Heba F. El-Shazli

    Instructional Associate Professor

    Instructional Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on International Relations Theory; Politics, Government and Society of the Middle East; Israeli-Palestinian Politics; and Islam and Politics.
  • Photo of Justin Gest by Ron Aira

    Professor of Policy and Government

    Areas of Research: Comparative Politics, Diversity, Europe, Immigration Policy, International Migration, Islam, Middle East, Minority Politics, Muslim Politics, Qualitative Methods, Race and Ethnicity, United States
  • Photo of Bassam S. Haddad

    Associate Professor; Director, Middle East and Islamic Studies

    Bassam Haddad is director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and an associate professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
  • Photo of Layla M. Hashemi

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC)
    Schar School of Policy and Government

    Layla M. Hashemi is a researcher and data analyst at the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) focusing on international supply chains, cybercrime and illicit trade.
  • Photo of Mark N. Katz

    Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government

    Areas of Research: Russian Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy, International Relations, Middle East, Security Policy, Revolution, War on Terror
  • Photo of Gregory Koblentz

    Associate Professor; Director, Biodefense Graduate Programs

    Areas of Research: Biodefense, Foreign Policy, Global Health Security, International Relations, International Security, Middle East, Security Policy, South Asia, Terrorism
  • Photo of Ellen Laipson

    Professor, International Security Program Manager, Director for the Center of Security Policy Studies

    Ellen Laipson is the director of the Master's in International Security degree program and the Center for Security Policy Studies at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
  • Photo of Peter Mandaville

    Professor of Government and Politics

    Areas of Research: Democratization, Foreign Policy, International Development, International Relations, Middle East, Political Islam, Information Technology and Social Change, Emerging Powers and World Order
  • Photo of Michael J. Morell

    Distinguished Visiting Professor, Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security

    Michael Morell, the former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and current Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government, is one of the leading national security professionals in the United States, with extensive experience in intelligence and foreign policy.