Nonresident Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
TopicsPolitical economy of the Middle East , Terrorism
RegionsEgypt, Lebanon, Libya, Middle East, North Africa, Syria
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March 07, 2018Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime appears encouraged by the modest growth that the economy has finally begun to display. Those tasked with resuscitating the decimated economy have had to contend with an annual GDP drop of whopping 16 percent each…
November 12, 2017
October 20, 2017
October 17, 2017As the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is driven from its strongholds in Syria, US-backed forces face the challenge of stabilizing these conflict-ravaged territories. This task is made more urgent by the fact that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s…
March 22, 2017It is fairly easy to consider Syria as a hopeless case, as the country seems trapped in a vicious cycle of nihilistic violence and colossal destruction. The economy is now completely shattered and fragmented, with each party building its own…
Rashad al-Kattan is a non-resident fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. He is a multilingual geopolitical and security risk analyst with a keen interest in international relations and understanding the impact of politics on economic activities. Since 2011, he has advised multiple stakeholders on how to navigate a volatile political, security, and business environment in emerging markets.
As a native Syrian who spent most of his life in the region, Rashad developed a passionate interest for the Middle East and North Africa, where politics matter as much as economics to investment strategies. His multi-disciplinary knowledge and experience in several sectors has given him a valuable exposure to the dynamics at play between state institutions and private businesses in the turbulent region.
Rashad holds an MSc in security studies from University College London (UCL), and a BA in business administration from Kingston University in London. He is a fellow with the Centre for Syrian Studies (CSS) at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and an executive board member of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Council at the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) in the US Department of State. Rashad is also a certified anti-money laundering specialist from the Miami-based Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).