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Brookings Doha Center

This fellowship is made possible with generous support from the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University

Summer 2013 Fellow: Meredith Wheeler

Faculty Mentor: Abbas Milani, Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies

Office Description:

Established in 2007, the Brookings Doha Center is a project of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and an integral part of the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy Program. The BDC is also affiliated with the Brookings Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, with which it co-organizes the annual U.S.-Islamic World Forum generally held in Qatar. The Center undertakes independent, policy-oriented research on the socioeconomic and geopolitical issues facing Muslim-majority states and communities, including relations with the United States. Open to a broad range of views, the BDC is a hub for Brookings scholarship in the region. The center’s research and programming agenda includes key mutually enforcing endeavors. These include: convening ongoing public policy discussions with political, business and thought leaders from the Muslim-majority states and communities and the United States; hosting visiting fellows; and engaging the media to broadly share Brookings analysis with the public.

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Potential Projects:

  • Provides research assistance for Brookings Doha Center resident and visiting fellows
  • Monitors and summarizes current developments in relevant research areas
  • Keeps abreast of literature on geo-political issues facing Middle Eastern states.

Desired Skills, Experience, and Coursework:

  • Middle East coursework, preferably with some background in the following areas: 1) democratization, politicalreform in Arab world, 2) Gulf politics; political science background preferred
  • Experience conducting Middle East-related research, including in Arabic
  • Collecting and analyzing information in an efficient manner

Desired Personal Qualities:

  • Works well in a team environment


Proficiency in Arabic