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Sarwar A. Kashmeri
Sarwar A. Kashmeri

International Strategic Communications Expert

A global strategic communications advisor and the host of the Foreign Policy Association's Global Currents podcasts, Sarwar Kashmeri’s specialty is the integration of globalization, business, and foreign policy.

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Rashid  Khalidi
Rashid Khalidi

Chair of Arab Studies, University of Columbia

Rashid Khalidi is the Chair in Arab Studies at Columbia, the past President of the Middle East Studies Association, President of the American Committee on Jerusalem, and editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies.

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Azadeh  Moaveni
Azadeh Moaveni

Author & Journalist

She lived in two worlds. At home, she was the daughter of the Iranian exile community. Outside, she was a California girl. College magnified this clash, and after graduating, she moved to Iran as a journalist.

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Asra  Nomani
Asra Nomani

Journalist & Author

The author of Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam, she is a former Wall Street Journal correspondent. Her character figures promptly in the film A Mighty Heart.

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Jehane  Noujaim
Jehane Noujaim

Academy Award Nominated Director

Noujaim's controversial documentary Control Room, about the Arabic-language news station Al Jazeera, called into question the prevailing images and positions offered up by the US news media about the war in Iraq.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Best-Selling Author

A philosopher, essayist, risk-management expert and former trader. He is author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, which explains everything we know about what we don’t know.

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Ellen R. Wald, Ph.D.
Ellen R. Wald, Ph.D.

Global Energy Authority & Author of Saudi, Inc.

It is virtually impossible to examine the intersection of geopolitics, energy and markets without understanding Saudi Arabia. Global energy authority Ellen R. Wald brings incomparable expertise on the kingdom and its worldwide impact.

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Robin  Wright
Robin Wright

Award-Winning Journalist & Author

Robin Wright has reported on numerous wars and revolutions and recently covered foreign policy for The Washington Post. She authored The Last Great Revolution.

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