Politics and International Relations

Mohamed-Ali Adraoui | محمد علي أدراوي
Visiting Senior Research Fellow
meima@nus.edu.sg Mohamed-Ali Adraoui is a political scientist and a historian working on International Relations and Middle East politics. He received his PhD in Political Science at Sciences Po Paris (France) in 2011. In 2013-2015 he was a Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute (Florence), and was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Paris Saint-Denis University, and a part-time Lecturer at the Institute of Political Studies in Grenoble (France) in the field of History of Political Thought. His research is concerned with the history and development of Salafism, with a special focus on how the quietist approach to Salafism has impacted Western, particularly French, youth, and has gone global over the last few decades (mainly from Saudi Arabia to the rest of the world). He has published ‘Du Golfe aux banlieues. Le salafisme mondialisé’ (with English and Arabic versions coming soon). He has also edited a volume dealing with the foreign policies of Islamist Movements, ‘Les islamistes et le monde. Islam politique et relations internationales’. His current research is on the history of Jihadi thought. He is also involced in a project dealing with the US foreign policy towards political Islam.
Victor Kattan | فكتور كتن
Senior Research Fellow
meivmk@nus.edu.sg Victor Kattan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore, where he is completing a book on the Reagan administration, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the ideological origins of the “war on terrorism”. Before he moved to the Middle East Institute, Victor was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Law where he was also the convener for the course on the use of force in international law. Before Victor moved to Singapore, he was a legal adviser to the Government of Palestine in Ramallah on secondment from the United Nations Development Program in Jerusalem. Previously, Victor taught international law to Masters students at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, where he completed his doctorate. Victor has acted as a consultant for the European Council on Foreign Relations, the Oxford Research Group, and a number of governments. He has lectured extensively overseas and taken parts in workshops organized by the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Victor is the author of numerous articles on various aspects of international law and is the author of the critically acclaimed book From Coexistence to Conquest: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1891-1949 (London: Pluto Press, 2009) and editor of The Palestine Question in International Law (London: The British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2008).
Fahed Al-Sumait | فهد السميط
Honorary Senior Fellow
AlSumait.F@gust.edu.kw

Fahed Al-Sumait is Assistant Professor of Communication and Department Chair at the Gulf University for Science and Technology, where he also serves as an Advisor to the Vice President of Academic Services. He was previously a Fulbright-Hays research fellow before serving as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore. His notable publications include Terrorism's cause and cure: the rhetorical regime of democracy in the US and UK (2009); as well as chapters in Transforming International Communication: Media, Culture and Society the Middle East (2014) and State Power 2.0: Authoritarian Entrenchment and Political Engagement Worldwide (2014). He is also co-editor, with Nele Lenze and Michael C. Hudson, of The Arab Uprisings: Catalysts, Dynamics and Trajectories, 2014, Rowman & Littlefield), and Covering bin Laden: Global Media and the World’s Most Wanted Man (2015, University of Illinois Press). He holds an MA from the University of Washington and a PhD from the University of New Mexico, both in Communications.

Francesco Mancini | فرنسيسكو مانسيني
Honorary Senior Fellow
sppfrm@nus.edu.sg

Francesco Mancini is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). His work focuses on geopolitics, global governance, international peace and security, armed conflicts and the means to prevent and solve them. Francesco is also a Non-resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute (IPI), where he was Senior Director of Research before relocating to Singapore in June 2014. As Director, he focused on conflict analysis, prevention, mediation, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding in Africa and the Middle East. He also led IPI’s largest program, Coping with Crisis, Conflict, and Change, that aimed at strengthening multilateral response capacity to crises and conflict. He launched the daily policy analysis website The Global Observatory. Francesco is a member of the Board of Directors of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), a member of the Research Committee of the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Peacebuilding. Prior to joining IPI, Francesco served as an Associate at the EastWest Institute in New York, where he co-managed the Worldwide Security Initiative, a program designed to enhance international cooperation in addressing new security threats, particularly transnational terrorism. Earlier in his career, he was a management consultant at Group CRCI in France, Italy, and Morocco.

Gwenn Okruhlik | جوين أكرولِك
Academic Scholar
gwenn@nus.edu.sg

Gwenn Okruhlik specializes in the politics of the Arabian Peninsula. She has worked in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar and the UAE, and principally in Saudi Arabia. She is the recipient of two Fulbright Awards to Saudi Arabia and served as the Brookings Doha Fellow in 2011-2012 when she taught courses at Qatar University on labor migration and citizenship in the Gulf. Her research is largely at the intersection of political economy and socio-politics. It covers a wide array of issues such as networks of Islamist dissent; oil wealth and opposition; labor migration and cultural (in)security; regional border disputes; tourism and global opening, and struggles over the rights of citizenship. Her current research projects are on the relationship between ideas of “belonging to the nation” and dependence on foreign labor, as well how to re-think the politics of distributive states in light of the recent Arab uprisings. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is President of the Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS). She has co-edited Political Change in the Arab Gulf States: Stuck in Transition (2011).

Francesca P. Albanese
Research Affiliate
fpa7@georgetown.edu

Francesca Albanese is a human rights lawyer (LL.M, SOAS) who spent 12 years working in the field of human rights, including with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and more recently with the UN Agency for Relief and Work of Palestine Refugees in the Near East. Her legal expertise includes research, policy advice and capacity building on various human rights issues -mainly in Asia and the Mena region. This includes the protection of refugees and irregular migrants, the international human rights system, transitional justice and the establishment of national human rights institutions and mechanisms for the prevention of torture.

Francesca is currently leading the research for the revisited edition of Lex Takkenberg's seminal work on "The Status of Palestinian Refugees in International Law", first published by Oxford University Press in 1998 (new edition expected by 2018). The research covers the genesis and evolution of the Palestinian refugee Question, including the legal status and treatment that Palestinian refugees enjoy in host and destination countries (i.e., in the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, America, Asia and Africa), the normative, institutional and protection frameworks applicable/applied to them and possible just and durable solutions to their claims.

Francesca is an Associate Researcher at the Institute for the Study of International Migration, (ISIM) Georgetown University and Affiliated Scholar to the Refugee Program of the Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut.



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