Andrew Spath was a Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East. He is an Instructor at American University’s School of International Service. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University, where he also teaches courses on authoritarian regimes, Middle East politics and security, and Model United Nations. His current research examines the effects of leadership succession on the relationship between government and society in Jordan and Syria. Spath was awarded both a Fulbright fellowship and a David L. Boren fellowship for 2012-13.