Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Global Initiative
MA in Middle East History and International Economics, Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Formerly: with International Finance Corporation, World Bank; over 12 years' experience writing on Middle East, Muslim world, US; postings in Riyadh, Dubai, Jeddah, Washington DC, Tehran; covered Iran and Persian Gulf for Reuters, Washington Post; Author of articles for New York Times, Business Week, Foreign Affairs, National Geographic, Financial Times, New Republic. Commentator, CNN, BBC, US National Public Radio. Author of Persian Pilgrimages: Journeys Across Iran, nominated for Thomas Cook literary travel book of the year, published in several languages.