Executive Director, Middle East Strategy Task Force
TopicsDemocracy, Political economy of the Middle East
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Full BioStephen Grand leads the Middle East Strategy Task Force at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Grand is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Project on US Relations with the Islamic World (housed within the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings), where he served as director from 2006 to 2013. He recently published a book, Understanding Tahrir Square: What Transitions Elsewhere Can Teach Us about the Prospects for Arab Democracy (Brookings Institution Press, 2014). He serves as chairman of the board of the Project on Middle East Democracy, adviser to Ethica Global Alliance, and a member of the International Advisory Council of the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation.
From 2004 to 2006, Grand was director of the Aspen Institute's Middle East Strategy Group. He has also served as an adjunct professor at American University's School of International Service and Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. From 2002 to 2003, he was an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute. Until June 2002, Grand served as director of programs at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States. Before joining GMF in 1997, he was a staffer on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, covering Europe and the New Independent States. In 1994, he was a visiting researcher at Charles University's Center for Economics and Graduate Education in Prague. Grand earned a doctorate from the department of government at Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in political science from the government honors program at the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson scholar.