DAWN's experts are the driving force behind the organization's mission and vision. Our experts complement our research work and bolster our advocacy efforts.

Hala Aldosari

Hala Al-Dosari is a Saudi women's activist. She was awarded the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism by Human Rights Watch in 2018.

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Khalil al-Anani

Dr. Khalil al-Anani is a Senior Fellow at the Arab Center Washington DC and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.

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Diana Buttu

Diana Buttu is a lawyer specializing in negotiations, international law and international human rights law.

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Juan Cole

Juan Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. 

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Mohammad H Fadel

Mohammad Fadel is a Professor and Toronto Research Chair for the Law and Economics of Islamic Law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, which he joined in January 2006.

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Dalia Fahmy

Dr. Dalia Fahmy is Associate Professor of Political Science at Long Island University where she teaches courses on US Foreign Policy, World Politics, International Relations, Military and Defense Policy, Causes of War, and Politics of the Middle East.

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Muhammad Kamal

Muhammad Kamal is a research assistant at DAWN, where he works on human rights protections in Egypt and across the region.

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Madawi Al-Rasheed

Madawi is Visiting Professor at the LSE Middle East Centre. In January 2017, she returned to the MEC from a sabbatical year at the Middle East Institute, the National University of Singapore.

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John Tirman

John Tirman was the executive director and a principal research scientist (until his sudden death on August 19, 2022) at MIT's Center for International Studies.

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Nader Hashemi

Nader Hashemi is the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and an Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

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Orkideh Behrouzan

Orkideh Behrouzan is an academic, author, mentor, and consultant with over a decade of experience in research and analysis, consulting, project management, and interdisciplinary degree programme design and curricula strategy and implementation in the U.S. and the U.K.

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Yassin al-Haj Saleh

Yassin al-Haj Saleh is a Syrian writer and political dissident. He writes widely on political, social and cultural subjects relating to Syria and the Arab world for a variety of international Arabic-language publications.

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Joel Beinin

Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, Emeritus at Stanford University.

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"Democracy remains the most effective way to tackle terror, stop bloodshed and political violence in Arab countries."

- JAMAL KHASHOGGI, Al-Arabiya, June 12, 2016