MENASourceMay 19, 2023
Experts react: Assad gets warm reception at Arab summit. Where does that leave the US and its allies?
By Qutaiba Idlbi, Gissou Nia, Michel Duclos, Emadeddin Badi
Atlantic Council experts react to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's attendance at the Arab League summit in Jeddah and explain its significance below.
Emadeddin Badi is a nonresident senior fellow with the Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council, where he focuses primarily on U.S and European policies towards Libya and the wider geopolitical implications of the conflict. Previously, he was a nonresident scholar at the Counterterrorism and Extremism Program at the Middle East Institute and a Policy Leader Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Currently, he is also a Senior Analyst at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime and an Advisor for Libya at the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance.
Badi is a scholar and consultant who has worked with multiple development and international organizations in the fields of research, political risk, development, policy and capacity building. He specializes in governance, post-conflict stabilization, hybrid security structures, security sector reform and peacebuilding.
From 2015 to 2018, he gained hands-on experience programming the conflict-sensitive implementation of a flagship stabilization initiative implemented across Libya for UNDP.
Since then, he took on multiple consulting roles with international institutions, as well as providing political risk analysis to private and public sector stakeholders. Most recently, Badi authored a paper on “”Exploring Armed Groups in Libya: Perspectives on Security Sector Reform in a Hybrid Environment” – with the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), which provided key insights on Libya’s hybrid security landscape and ways forward to reform it.
His articles and analysis have been published on Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, the Brookings Institution, Chatham House, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Middle East Institute, the World Politics Review, War on the Rocks, and many others.
Badi holds a bachelors in Business and Economics from the University of Essex, a bachelors in French language from the University of Tripoli in Libya as well as a postgraduate degree in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK. He is fluent in English, Arabic and French.