The Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East is pleased to announce the addition of three new senior fellows who will bring specialized expertise and analysis to the Center, contributing to its work on the Arab transitioning democracies. These experts are available to comment on recent events in the Middle East:

Dr. Mohsin Khan, Senior Fellow – Expertise in Middle East economic issues

  • Dr. Kahn’s focus is on the economic dimensions of transition in the Middle East and North Africa. He has been a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for  International Economics since March 2009 and previously served as the director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department at the International Monetary Fund. He holds degrees from Columbia University (MA) and the London School of Economics (BSc and PhD).

The Honorable Richard LeBaron, Visiting Senior Fellow – Expertise in Gulf states

  • Ambassador LeBaron is a career diplomat with over thirty years’ experience abroad and in Washington. He served as the US ambassador to Kuwait (2004-07) and most recently as deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires at the US Embassy in London. Ambassador LeBaron has also served at the US embassies in Israel and Egypt. Ambassador LeBaron studied at the University of Colorado (BA) and The George Washington University (MA).

Dr. Karim Mezran, Senior Fellow Expertise in North Africa with a special focus on Libya

  • Dr. Mezran is a distinguished Libyan-Italian scholar and currently an adjunct professor of Middle East studies at SAIS. For the last eight years he has been the director of the Center for American Studies in Rome. Dr. Mezran holds degrees from SAIS (PhD); Sapienza University of Rome (JD); The George Washington University (LLM); Georgetown University (MA); and Hiram College (BA).

The Hariri Center’s full-time staff are also available for comment:

Dr. Michele Dunne, DirectorExpertise in US policies in the Middle East, Egypt

  • Dr. Dunne previously worked in the White House on the National Security Council staff, on the US State Department’s Policy Planning Staff in its Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and as a diplomat in Cairo and Jerusalem. Prior to joining the Council, she worked as a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She holds a doctorate in Arabic language and linguistics from Georgetown University, where she has served as a visiting professor of Arabic and Arab Studies.

Ms. Danya Greenfield, Deputy Director Expertise in Yemen, US, and European assistance to Arab transition countries

  • Ms. Greenfield most recently worked at the Center for International Private Enterprise for the Middle East and North Africa division and at the International Republican Institute. She also studied Arabic at the American University of Cairo and worked with the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights. She holds degrees in international relations and Middle East studies from SAIS (MA) and in international relations from Tufts University (BA). She has advanced skills in modern standard Arabic and Egyptian dialect.

Mr. Tarek Radwan, Associate Director for Research Expertise in Egypt

  • Mr. Radwan is an Egyptian human rights specialist with a focus on international law and conflict resolution. He has worked for Human Rights Watch’s MENA division and the United Nations mission in Darfur as a human rights officer.

To set up interviews or for more information, please contact Taleen Ananian,, 202.778.4993.