Middle East and North Africa


Experts

Asli Aydıntaşbaş

Senior Policy Fellow
Languages: English, Turkish, conversational French
Areas of Expertise: Turkey and Turkish politics; the Kurdish issue (in Turkey and Iraq); democracy; media freedom

Julien Barnes-Dacey

Director, Middle East and North Africa programme
Languages: English, Arabic, French
Areas of Expertise: Middle East; Syria; Lebanon; Jordan; Iraq

Cinzia Bianco

Visiting Fellow
Languages: Italian and English (fluent), French, Spanish and Arabic (conversational)
Areas of Expertise: The Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf region, European relations with the Gulf countries.

Susi Dennison

Director, European Power programme
Languages: English and French
Areas of Expertise: European foreign and security policy strategy; politics, political movements and cohesion within the EU; Flexible Union; European refugee and migration policy; human rights, democracy, and justice

Anthony Dworkin

Senior Policy Fellow
Languages: English, conversational French
Areas of Expertise: Human rights; democracy; justice; North Africa (especially Egypt and Tunisia); war crimes; drones and counterterrorism; US foreign policy

Ellie Geranmayeh

Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa programme
Senior Policy Fellow
Languages: English, Persian
Areas of Expertise: Europe-Iran relations; Iran nuclear deal and associated sanctions policy; Iranian foreign and domestic policy; Iran-Saudi relations

Raiman Al-Hamdani

Raiman Al-Hamdani

Visiting Fellow
Languages: English, Arabic, conversational Dutch
Areas of Expertise: MENA, Horn of Africa, local actors, security and development

Sajad Jiyad

Visiting Fellow
Languages: Arabic, English
Areas of Expertise: Public Policy & Governance in Iraq

Helen Lackner

Helen Lackner

Visiting Fellow
Languages: English, French, Arabic, basic German, basic Italian
Areas of Expertise: Historical, political and social developments of Yemen and the GCC states over past half century, rural development and community participation policies

Andrew Lebovich

Policy Fellow
Languages: English, French, Arabic
Areas of Expertise: Religion, politics, and society in North Africa; the Sahara; the Sahel

Hugh Lovatt

Policy Fellow
Languages: English, Arabic, French
Areas of Expertise: Middle East; Israel/Palestine; Mashreq region; conflict prevention/resolution; Islamic societies; identity politics

Tarek Megerisi

Policy Fellow
Languages: English, Arabic
Areas of Expertise: Libyan affairs; politics, governance and development in the Arab world

Arturo Varvelli

Arturo Varvelli

Head, ECFR Rome
Senior Policy Fellow
Languages: Italian, English, basic French
Areas of Expertise: Geopolitics and International Relations; MENA Region; Libya; EU-MENA relations; Italian-Libyan relations; Italian foreign policy


Staff

Edin Dedovic

Programme Coordinator, Middle East and North Africa programme
Languages: English, Bosnian, Serbo-Croatian

Kelly Petillo

Programme Coordinator, Middle East and North Africa programme