Shana Marshall is Associate Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies and Assistant Research Professor. Her dissertation, “The New Politics of Patronage: The Arms Trade and Clientelism in the Arab World” examined how Middle East governments use arms sales agreements to channel financial resources and economic privileges to pro-regime elites.
Her current research focuses on patterns of military entrepreneurship in Egypt, Jordan, and the UAE.
Mohamed Mandour holds a master’s degree in human rights with a minor in law and a concentration in national security and accountability from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School. Mandour previously worked as a Bassem Sabry research fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, where his article on Egyptian exile activism ranked among the top 10 articles of 2022.
His academic article on the criminalization of minority free speech received an honorable mention for the 2022 Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Sociological Association’s Human Rights Section. Mandour has been recognized as an emerging expert by the Forum on the Arms Trade, focusing on U.S. military assistance to the MENA region and arms and emerging technology trade policies. His research interests include exile activism, transnational repression, and digital repression in the MENA region.
Amira El-Sayed is a former Tahrir Square activist who has worked in NGOs and philanthropy in Europe and the Middle East. She used to work at Transparency International – Defence & Security where she focused on reducing corruption and increasing accountability in defence and security sectors world-wide.