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Farah
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Pandith
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Farah Pandith was appointed as the U.S. State Department’s first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities in June 2009 by then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Office of the Special Representative is responsible for executing a vision for engagement with Muslims around the world based on a people-to-people and organizational level.

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Klaus
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Larres
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Prof. Klaus Larres, Ph.D., is the Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor in History and International Affairs at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He also is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations and a Visiting Professor in European Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. 

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Neil
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Johnson
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Prof. Neil Johnson heads up a new inter-disciplinary research group in Complexity at University of Miami (Physics Dept.) looking at collective behavior and emergent properties in a wide range of real-world Complex Systems: from physical, biological and medical domains through to social and financial domains. 

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Jeffrey J.
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Anderson
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Jeffrey J. Anderson is an expert in European politics, with special emphasis on the European Union and postwar German politics and foreign policy. He is the Graf Goltz Professor and Director at the BMW Center for German and European Studies (CGES).

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Ragui
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Assaad
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Ragui Assaad, professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, researches labor policy and labor market analysis in developing countries, the informal economy, community and economic development, and developing countries' urban planning. His current research projects include studying the effects of economic reform on the Egyptian labor market, female labor supply in Egypt, and community development efforts among Cairo's informal waste collectors. 

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Karim
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Sadjadpour
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Karim Sadjadpour is an associate at the Carnegie Endowment. He joined Carnegie after four years as the chief Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group based in Washington and Tehran, where he conducted dozens of interviews with senior Iranian officials, and hundreds with Iranian intellectuals, clerics, dissidents, paramilitaries, businessmen, students, activists, and youth, among others.

 

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Ash
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Jain
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Ash Jain, a former member of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff, is a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute. His current research is focused on Iranian regional ambitions. During his service at the State Department, from 2004 to 2010, Mr. Jain provided guidance and advice to U.S. officials on a range of strategic challenges facing the United States and its allies. 

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Kristin
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Smith Diwan
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Kristin Smith Diwan is Assistant Professor of Comparative and Regional Studies at the American University School of International Service. She holds regional expertise in the politics and policies of the Arab Gulf, and functional expertise on Islamic finance and the politics surrounding it.

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Richard
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Barrett
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Richard Barrett is an expert on Al Qaeda-related terrorism. He is based in New York. Since March 2004 he has been the United Nations Coordinator of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Implementation Monitoring Team, also known as the Al-Qaeda and Taliban Monitoring Team, appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General at the request of the Security Council. 

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Nandini
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Oomman
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Nandini Oomman is the former director of the HIV/AIDS Monitor at the Center for Global Development. The HIV/AIDS Monitor tracks the effectiveness of the three main aid responses to the epidemic: the Global Fund, the HIV/AIDS Africa MAP program of the World Bank, and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). 

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