Staff Ghazi GhaziEditor-in-Chief Ghazi is a second year AM candidate at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. His research primarily focuses on politics, development, education, and social movements in the region, with a particular interest in Iraq and Lebanon. Joseph LeoneManaging Editor Joseph is a second year MPP student at the Harvard Kennedy School, focusing on human rights, conflict resolution, and social movements – particularly in Palestine and the Levant. Previously, he worked for the National Endowment for Democracy, Muftah Magazine, and the International Crisis Group. Christina BouriSenior Staff Writer Christina is a second-year AM candidate at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Her research primarily focuses on left and socialist movements in Iraq and the Levant in the past century. Christina is also interested in legal history and the intersection of human rights and international law in relation to the new, and ongoing, refugee crises in the Middle East. Sumaya MalasSenior Staff Writer Sumaya is a second year AM candidate at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. In addition to working at the United Nations and as a field translator in Al-Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, Sumaya was a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow concentrating on issues of international security and arms control. Her research primarily focuses on fragile states in the region and analyzing conditions that precede conflict in order to pursue strategies of good governance. Robert Laxer Staff Writer Robert is a first year MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research focuses on economic policy, governance, and development, primarily in the Levant. Previously he worked for the London Stock Exchange Group and Generations for Peace. Michael Johns, Jr.Senior Associate Editor of Regional Security & Iran Michael is a second-year MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. He holds a degree in History and Government from Cornell University, where he was president of the Cornell Political Union and a columnist for The Cornell Daily Sun. He is currently a Junior Policy Fellow at the National Defense Industrial Association. He has worked previously as a Middle East and North Africa research intern at the Heritage Foundation, a research and editorial intern at the Middle East Forum, a research assistant for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for International Affairs and an intern in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. He has written on foreign policy and national security policy for The Hill, National Review, The Daily Signal and other national media. Josephine Koury Associate Editor of the Levant Josie is a first year AM candidate at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Her research primarily focuses on national identity politics and conflict resolution in the Levant. Previously, she worked as a research assistant at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC. Aaron Boehm Associate Editor of North Africa Aaron is a first year AM student at Harvard’s Center for Middle East Studies. His interests lay primarily in Islamist and social movements across the Middle East with a broader interest in North African literature. He received his undergraduate degree in Arabic and Middle East Studies from the University of Edinburgh. Christian Allard Associate Editor of Regional Security and the Gulf Christian is a first year MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School and is a graduate of the George Washington University where he studied Arabic and spent time learning about the regional diplomatic environment of the Levant while in Amman, Jordan. His research primarily focuses on regional security issues, with a specific emphasis on the Gulf countries and the Levant. More recently, he was an Army Infantry Officer and deployed to eastern Afghanistan throughout 2020. Michael Grouskay Associate Editor of the Levant & Geopolitics Michael is an AM candidate at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Previously he worked in Jordan as a research assistant at Columbia Global Centers | Amman and on the business development team of INJAZ Al-Arab. Michael graduated with honors from Claremont McKenna College in 2017, where he studied international relations with a focus on the Middle East. Zara Lal Associate Editor of Foreign Policy and the Gulf Zara is a first year AM candidate at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Her research primarily focuses on feminist international relations approaches towards understanding the MENA region more broadly from the Cold War until the present. She is particularly interested in gender and regional politics, security structures, oil politics, authoritarianism and intellectual and literary histories. Becky Strapp Associate Editor of the Levant Becky is an MPA candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School in the Mid-Career program. Her research focuses on conflict resolution and regional strategic security issues in the Levant. She is also focused on humanitarian issues related to the refugee crises in the Middle East. She is studying Arabic as part of her degree. Camilla Gray Associate Editor of Political Islam Camilla is a first year MTS candidate at Harvard Divinity School, with a focus in Islamic studies and the intersection of religion, ethics and politics. She also runs her own non-profit, Empowered Design and previously worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Copenhagen. Ryan Zoellner Associate Editor of Iraq and Levant Ryan is a first year MTS at Harvard Divinity School concentrating in Religion, Ethics, and Politics. His research concerns the influence of religious actors on political institutions in Iraq and Lebanon; he is particularly interested in consociationalism and institutional conflict management. Ryan graduated from Colgate University in 2020 with honors in Political Science and Philosophy of Religion. Sama Kubba Editor Sama Kubba is an Iraqi-American sophomore at Harvard, concentrating in Government with a focus on the Middle East. She works at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative as a research assistant. She is generally interested in Middle Eastern politics, the evolution of women’s roles in countries such as Saudi Arabia and the influence of global powers such as China and Russia in the region.