Interview with Ziauddin Sardar

11 August 2015, Istanbul

Ziauddin Sardar is Chair of the Muslim Institute and editor of Critical Muslim, an innovative quarterly on contemporary Muslim ideas and
thought. He is also the Director of the Centre of Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies, East West Chicago, and the editor of its journal East West Affairs. He has worked as science
journalist for Nature and New Scientist and
 as a television reporter for London Weekend
Television. He was a columnist on the New
Statesman for a number of years and has
served as a Commissioner for the Equality and
 Human Rights Commission and as a member of 
the Interim National Security Forum. Sardar has published over 50 books. The Future of Muslim Civilisation (1979) and Islamic Futures: The Shape of Ideas to Come
 (1985) are regarded as classic studies on the future of Islam. Postmodernism and the Other (1998) has
acquired a cultish following and Why Do 
People Hate America? (2002) became an
international bestseller. His most recent book is Future: All That Matters. He was a long-standing columnist
on the New Statements and has contributed to
 the Guardian, the Times, the Independent and
numerous other newspapers and magazines.

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Interview with David Ottaway

15 July 2015, Washington, D.C.

David Ottaway is Senior Scholar at the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. He worked 35 years for The Washington Post as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe and later as a national security and investigative reporter in Washington before retiring in 2006. He has won numerous awards for his reporting at home and abroad and was twice nominated a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book, published in November 2008, was The King’s Messenger: Prince Bandar bin Sultan and America’s Tangled Relationship with Saudi Arabia. He is currently working on a book regarding the changes underway in the Arab world. Ottaway received a BA from Harvard, magna cum laude, in 1962 and a PhD from Columbia University in 1972.

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Interview with Şaban Kardaş

13 May 2015, Istanbul

Dr. Şaban Kardaş is the President of ORSAM (Middle East Strategic Research Center) and a faculty member at the Department of International Relations at TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara. He has published scholarly articles and book chapters on Turkish domestic and foreign policies, human rights, energy policies and international security and has been an occasional contributor to Turkish and international media. He has taught classes at Diplomacy Academy, Sakarya University, Police Academy and Turkish Military Academy. He received his doctoral degree in political science from the University of Utah. Dr. Kardas also holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and a second master’s degree in European Studies from the Center for European Integration Studies in Bonn, Germany.

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Interview with Mohammad Fadel

Mohammad Fadel is an Associate Professor & Toronto Research Chair for the Law and Economics of Islamic Law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Professor Fadel wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on legal process in medieval Islamic law while at the University of Chicago. He was admitted to the Bar of New York in 2000 and practiced law with the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York where he worked on a wide variety of corporate finance transactions and securities-related regulatory investigations. Fadel also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Honorable Anthony A. Alaimo of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. He has published numerous articles in Islamic legal history and Islam and liberalism.

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Interview with Wendy Chamberlin

10 May 2015, Istanbul

Wendy Chamberlin has been president of the Middle East Institute since 2007. Previously, as deputy high commissioner for refugees from 2004 to 2007, she supervised the administration of the U.N. humanitarian organization. A 29-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, she was ambassador to Pakistan from 2001 to 2002, when she played a key role in securing Pakistan’s cooperation in the U.S.-led campaign against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan in the wake of the terrorist attacks against the U.S. on September 11. A graduate of Northwestern University, Ambassador Chamberlin earned a M.S. in education from Boston University and attended the Executive Program at Harvard University. She was awarded an honorary Ph.D. from Northwestern University

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Interview with Walter Russell Mead

10 November 2014, Istanbul

Walter Russell Mead is the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College. He is also the Editor-at-Large of The American Interest. He previously taught at the Yale International Security Studies Program where he was a Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy. Between 1997 and 2010 he was a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Interview with Muqtedar Khan

3 November 2014, Istanbul

Muqtedar Khan is Associate Professor in the Political Science and International Relations Department at the University of Delaware. He is the founder and the first Director of the Islamic Studies Program at his current university. Khan contributed to many organizations such as, the Association of Muslim Social Scientists, Alwaleed Center and Brookings Institution. He is currently a Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.

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Interview with William Quandt

27 October 2014, Istanbul

William B. Quandt is Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. He gives lectures on American Foreign Policy and the Middle East which are his areas of expertise. Has been a member of the National Security Council in the Richard Nixon and Kimmy Carter administrations and later of the Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution.

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Interview with Abdullah Baabood

24 October 2014, Istanbul

Abdullah Baabood is an Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Qatar University. He was the Director of Gulf Research Centre at Cambridge University. He has a number of publications in the political, economic, security and social developments of the Gulf States.

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Interview with Adnan M. Hayajneh

24 October 2014, Istanbul

Adnan M. Hayajneh is Professor in the Department of International Relations at Qatar University. Hayajneh contributed to several universities such as, the United Nations University, University of Jordan, Al- Bayt University, University of Arizona and international institutions such as the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy. Political development, security, American foreign policy and the Middle East is some of his research areas. He has tens of publications on the topics.

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Interview with Hannes Swoboda

20 October 2014, Istanbul

Hannes Swoboda is a Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow. He was elected as President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in 2012. He joined the European Parliament after Austria's accession to the EU as a member of the Social Democratic Party in Austria (SPÖ).

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Interview with Paul Salem

30 August 2014, Washington DC

Paul Salem completed his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has expertise on the issues of U.S. foreign policy, security, human rights, democracy, social and economic policy and governance. Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Iran are the countries of his expertise.

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