Rashad al-Kattan 

Nonresident Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East 

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Political economy of the Middle East , Terrorism


Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Middle East, North Africa, Syria


Arabic, Spanish

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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).