Director


BILAL Y. SAAB is resident senior fellow and director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security’s Middle East Peace and Security Initiative (MEPSI). He leads a large research program on Arab Gulf defense, security, and politics and chairs both the Gulf Policy Working Group and the Middle East Crisis Simulation Series.

Featured Experts


NICHOLAS BLANFORD
 
is a nonresident senior fellow with the Middle East Peace and Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Blanford covers the politics and security affairs of Lebanon and Syria. He is an acknowledged expert on Lebanese Hezbollah, particularly the organization's evolving military activities which have remained a focus of his work for two decades.

REX BRYNEN is a nonresident senior fellow with the Middle East Peace and Security Initiative. He is also a professor of political science at McGill University, and founding editor of the conflict simulation website PAXsims

ELISA CATALANO EWERS 
is a nonresident senior fellow with both the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Her last position was as a director for the Middle East and North Africa on the National Security Council staff.

SALAM FAYYAD
, former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, joined the Atlantic Council in July 2014 as its distinguished statesman, where he focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian relationship and the peace process, regional security, renewable energy, and economic development.

NILSU GOREN is a nonresident senior fellow with both the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and a research scholar at the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland, (CISSM), School Public Policy.

MATTHEW KROENIG is a nonresident senior fellow in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council and an associate professor and international relations field chair in the department of government at Georgetown University.

RICHARD LEBARON is a nonresident senior fellow with both the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. Previously, he held numerous diplomatic positions, including ambassador to Kuwait.

OWEN DANIELS
 is assistant director for the Middle East Peace and Security Initiative. His work focuses on US-Gulf security cooperation, Gulf Cooperation Council alliance dynamics, Iranian-Arab Gulf relations, and broader regional security issues. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, he worked at Aviation Week magazine, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS-US) and the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS) in Amman, Jordan.

JOHN WATTS is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security with a focus on war gaming and Indo-Pacific security issues.

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