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Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Experts React: US airstrike in Syria targets Iran-backed militias

On February 25, the US military carried out airstrikes in eastern Syria that targeted Iran-backed Shia militias. The move is the first military action under the Joe Biden Administration. The retaliatory strike comes after a rocket attack on February 15 near the Erbil Airport that killed a US military contractor and injured several, including a US service member. With nuclear negotiations on the horizon, what will this mean for the Biden administration’s ongoing effort to re-engage Iran?

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Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Sat, Feb 6, 2021

Katz joins Sky News Arabia to discuss Moscow’s behavior toward its citizens

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Mon, Jan 4, 2021

Experts react: The US brokers another deal to end the Gulf rift

On January 4, it was reported that Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf states are expected to sign a deal towards ending the “Gulf rift.” Atlantic Council experts react to the agreement and what it means for the wider region.

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Dr. Mark N. Katz is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs. Dr. Katz is also a professor of government and politics at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government.

Katz was born and raised in Riverside, California. He earned a B.A. in international relations from the University of California at Riverside in 1976, an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1978, and a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982.

Before starting to teach at George Mason University in 1988, he was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution (1980-81), held a temporary appointment as a Soviet affairs analyst at the U.S. Department of State (1982), was a Rockefeller Foundation international relations fellow (1982-84), and was both a Kennan Institute/Wilson Center research scholar (1985) and research associate (1985-87). He has also received a U.S. Institute of Peace fellowship (1989-90) and grant (1994-95), and several Earhart Foundation fellowship research grants.

He has been a visiting scholar at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (Riyadh, May 2001), the Hokkaido University Slavic Research Center (Sapporo, June-July 2007), the Higher School of Economics (Moscow, March 2010), the Middle East Policy Council (Washington, DC, September 2010-January 2011), the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (January-March 2017), and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (Helsinki, April-September 2017).

In 2018, he was in the UK first as a Fulbright Scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) (January-March), and then as the 2018 Sir William Luce Fellow at Durham University (April-June). In January 2018, he became a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.