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New Senior Fellows Join FPRI’s Middle East Program

  • February 4, 2014

New Senior Fellows Join FPRI’s Middle East Program

  • February 4, 2014

The Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East is pleased to announce the appointment of three new Senior Fellows:

Joseph BraudeJoseph Braude is a Middle East specialist author, and broadcaster, fluent in Arabic, Persian, and Hebrew. His latest book, The Honored Dead, provides the only Western examination of an Arab security apparatus from the inside; and prior book, The New Iraq, examines the challenge of state building in the country. Joseph Braude has served as a consulting advisor to non-profit organizations, government, and the private sector in the realms of Arab civil society engagement, strategic communications, and counterterrorism. He hosts a weekly Arabic-language broadcast on Morocco’s national MED Radio network, appears frequently as a commentator on Arabic satellite television, and contributes to Public Radio International programs in English. He also hosts an English-language podcast, Eye on Arabia, which presents a periodic roundup of reporting and opinion. He is currently writing a book about Arabic media. He received his B.A. at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale and his M.A. in Arabic and Islamic history at the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton. His is also nonresident fellow at the Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center in Dubai, responsible for international outreach on behalf of the Center; and a visiting fellow at the National Strategy Information Center in Washington.

Brandon FriedmanBrandon Friedman is a Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle East and African Studies at Tel Aviv University. Brandon is also the Managing Editor of the Dayan Center’s journal Bustan: The Middle East Book Review. Brandon teaches in Tel Aviv University’s international Master’s in Middle East Studies program and its B.A. in Liberal Arts program. His research interests include contemporary Middle East geopolitics and strategic analysis, nuclear arms proliferation, and the political history of the Middle East during the modern period. Brandon’s PhD research focused on the political relations between the rulers of the Persian Gulf littoral during the period of British military withdrawal from the region (1968 to 1971).  Prior to beginning his academic career in Israel, Brandon spent seven years working for a risk advisory consulting firm in the U.S.

Amin TarziAmin Tarzi is the Director of Middle East Studies at the Marine Corps University (MCU) in Quantico, Virginia. In addition to his directorial responsibilities, Dr. Tarzi teaches at the Marine Corps War College and other Professional Military Education programs and provides MCU a resident scholar in Middle East and South/Central Asia. Prior to joining MCU, he was a regional analyst with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Regional Analysis team focusing on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Before joining RFE/RL, Dr. Tarzi worked as a senior research associate for the Middle East at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, where he primarily researched Iran and its missile and nuclear developments and policies. His prior experience includes holding the post of Political Advisor to the Saudi Arabian Mission to the United Nations and Researcher/Analyst on Iranian affairs at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi. His latest book is titled, The Iranian Puzzle Piece: Understanding Iran in the Global Context (MCU Press, 2009). Tarzi has a PhD and an M.A. from the Department of Middle East Studies at New York University.

Directed by Tally Helfont, FPRI’s Program on the Middle East is dedicated to examining current developments and emerging trends in the Middle East and North Africa, and to providing thoughtful analysis in the context of U.S. strategic interests in the region. Through research, publication, and education, the program focuses on the geopolitics of the Middle East, the Arab uprisings, radicalism and regional threats, sectarian divisions, the Israel-Palestine conflict and peace efforts, authoritarianism and reform, among other issues.

The Program has sought to bring together both established and emerging scholars from the academic, military, and policy worlds in an effort to provide policy assessments and recommendations. In fact in the past four years, the program has added seven new senior fellows, two associate scholars, and one research associate. The program now proudly boasts 16 scholars. Among their ranks are prize-winning authors, renowned professors and think tank scholars, and Iraq War veterans. Their biographies and writing on behalf of FPRI can be accessed here: /research/middleeast/scholars