Members of Advisory Committees

Abhar Al Sakka

Associate Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Birzeit University, PhD in Sociology from the University of Nantes, France. He worked as a lecturer and visiting professor at French universities and research centers 2009-2017. He has done many studies in the fields of social artistic expressions, social movements, identity, memory, nationalities, social policies, social history of Gaza City.

Bashir Ali Kut

Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Tripoli, PHD in Conflict Management, and Director of the Mediterranean Center for Studies. Interested in Libyan affairs, African studies, Maghreb, National Security, Migration and Crisis Issues. Recent publications include: “Managing Ethnic Conflicts in Africa”, Dar Noun, Germany, 2017; “Libya Identity, Tyranny and Revolution”, Mosaic Press for Printing, Publishing and Distribution, Tripoli, 2012; “African Unity in the Twentieth Century”, Tripoli, 2004; “African Union: A Study in International Organization”, Tripoli, 2010.

Al-Arous Al-Zubair

Professor of Sociology and Director of the Laboratory of Religious Sociology at the University of Algiers. His interests include religious movements in all their partisan and community manifestations, and at levels of economic and charitable activity. His most notable work is: “The Movement in Algeria: Reality and Prospects”, Algeria, 2013.

Ayman Mansour Nada

Holds a MA and PHD in Public Opinion and International Media from Cairo University, and MA and PHD in Political Science and International Relations from the American University in Cairo and the University of Georgia. He is the head Radio and Television Department, Faculty of Mass Communication at the Cairo University. Among his publications: “Arab and Islamic countries in the American public opinion polls 1935 – 2018” (5 volumes, Centre for Arab Unity Studies); and “The Day of the Fall of Baghdad: Arab Rulers in the Eyes of Their People”.

Baqer Al-Najjar

Holds a PHD from the University of Durham in England in 1983, and a professor of Sociology at the University of Bahrain. He received The Sheikh Zayed Award for 2009. His most prominent works include: “Voluntary Social Work in the Arabian Gulf, Sociology of Society in the Persian Gulf”, and “Religious Movements in the Persian Gulf”.

Charles Harb

Professor of Psychology and former head of the Department of Psychology at the American University of Beirut, specializes in the field of social and political psychology, especially issues of identity and teamwork and conflict between groups. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Social and Political Psychology. He has published several publications in Arabic and English, including: “Problems of Democracy and Development in the Arab Region: A Reform Approach to the Rule of Law”, Al-Halabi Publications, Beirut, and in Foreign Language: Harb, C. (2016). “Arab Region: Culture, Values, and Identities”, in: M. Amer & G. Awad (Eds), Handbook of Arab American Psychology, pp. 3-19, New York: Routledge.

Jamal Wakim

Professor of history and international relations at the Lebanese University, and holds a PHD in international relations and the history of the Middle East from St. Joseph University in 2004. Worked in journalism and published many articles. Among his most recent publications: “Crime and Punishment”, Publications Company, 2018; “Questions about the Historical Founder of the Lebanese Entity”, The Arab Future, No. 467, 2018.

Hamdi Abdulrahman Hassan

Professor of Political Science at Zayed and Cairo Universities. He is the founding director of the Egyptian-African Studies Program at Cairo University from 2000 to 2002. His books include: The Soft Power Path: UAE and Africa, Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture, 2019; In foreign language: “Africa and the Middle East: Shifting Alliances and ‎Strategic Partnerships”, in: Nagar D., Mutasa C. (eds) Africa and the World, Palgrave ‎Macmillan, Cham.2018.

Darim Al Bassam

He holds a PHD in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an expert in development and has served for more than two decades as a senior consultant at UNDP. He also participated in the preparation of economic plans for a number of Arab countries, and the founders of the Arab Planning Institute. His contributions to intellectual and developmental issues in accordance with the approach of cognitive pluralism in the social sciences.

Said Bensaid Alaoui

Professor of Islamic political and modern thought at the University of Mohammed V, Morocco. His interests include philosophy, social history and political thought. His most prominent books are: “The State of the Caliphate: A Study in Political Mawardi Thinking”; “Jurisprudence and Politics”; “Ideology and Modernity”; “Readings in Contemporary Arab Thought”.

Abdullah Al-Breidy

Holds a PHD in Business Administration from the University of Manchester in England, and a professor of Management Economics and Management in the Qassim University. Among his most prominent publications: “The Trap of Neoliberalism in the Arab Gulf States: Saving an Economy or Dumping a Society?” (Centre for Arab Unity studies); “Towards the Study of Local Personality: An Applied Systematic Framework on Saudi Qasimiya” (Arab Diffusion Company); and “Sustainable Development” (Obeikan).

Abdul Malik Issa

Holds a PHD in Political Sociology, and a dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sana’a University, Yemen. Among his works: “Political Islam Movements in Yemen” (Centre for Arab Unity Studies).

Abdulhadi Al-Ajala

PHD in Political Studies from the University of Milan. He is a Research Associate and Regional Director of the Arabian Gulf at the Institute of Democracy at the Swedish Gothenburg University. His interests focus on the issues of divided societies, democracy, social capital, and philosophy of religion. It was published in English and Arabic. Last published: “Very close, politically distant: Bosnian-Palestinian relations ”, The Arab Future, Issue 477, 2018.

Ali Khalifa

PHD in Education (University of Geneva, Switzerland), full-time professor of higher education (Lebanese University, Faculty of Education), and is interested in education studies. It focuses in particular on issues of citizenship. Among its most recent publications are: “Citizenship and the Paths of the State: A Critical Analytical Study of the Relationship between Citizenship and the State”, in the Arab Journal of Political Science, Double Issue (39-40), 2013; “Education and Citizenship Blown by Factors of Identity and Belonging Crisis: Approaches to Citizenship Education in Curricula for Teacher Education in Lebanese Universities”, in the Journal of Contemporary Education, published by the Faculty of Education, University of Alexandria, No. (97), 2014; “Citizenship and the State in Islam: Critique of Islam as a Political System”, The Arab Future, Issue (427), 2014.

Malik Al-Mahdi

Professor of future studies and studies at Sudan University of Science and Technology in Khartoum. He is the founder and Secretary General of the Arab Association for Future Studies and a member of the World Association for Future Studies. Published a number of scientific papers in refereed journals at the national and regional level.

Mohamed Hasb El-Rassoul

A writer and political analyst who published many articles and studies, especially on the Sudanese affairs. He is currently Deputy Secretary General of the Arab National Congress. Among his published studies are: “The Sudan Revolution and the Challenge of Kidnapping” (The Arab Future, No. 486 August 2019; “Features of the Strategic Direction of Egyptian Diplomacy in Africa, 1952-1970” (The Arab Future, No. 479, January 2019; and “The Impact of South Sudan’s Secession on Arab National Security” (Middle East Studies, Number 58).

Mohamed Halim Limam

Holds a PHD in Political Science and International Relations, and a professor at the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations University of Algiers 3. Among the most prominent publications: “The Phenomenon of Political Corruption in Algeria: Causes, Effects and Reform”; “Systemic Corruption and Authoritarian State: the case of Algeria Since Independence”.

Mohamed Noureddine Afaya

Professor of Modern Philosophy and Aesthetics, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Mohammed V University, Rabat. Among his most recent works are: “Contemporary Philosophical Criticism, Its Western Sources and its Arab Manifestations”, Center for Arab Unity Studies, Beirut, 2014; “Incomplete Democracy, The Possibilities of Breaking Out of Authoritarianism and its Constraints, Knowledge Forum”, Beirut, 2013.

Mahmoud Haddad

Professor of History at Balamand University in Lebanon. He received his PHD in Modern Arab History from Columbia University in New York in 1989, and worked at Columbia University as an Associate Professor for 10 years. He is the author of several books in Arabic and English, most recently: “Is there a border between race, class and religion? Donald Trump and Lutherb Stoddard”, The Arab Future (May 2019); “The West and its Model as Barriers to Arab Renaissance”, in the book “Accompanied by Gregory Zidane: Renaissance in the Present”, University of Balamand, 2015, pp. 305-316. He has participated in international encyclopedias, including: The Encyclopedia of the Muslim World, the Encyclopedia Britannica’s Yearbook (1998-2012), The Encyclopedia of The Modern Middle East.

Mostafa Al-Tir

Professor of sociology at Libyan universities and former president of the Arab Society of Sociology. Published several books, studies and researches including: “Development and modernization: a field study in Libyan society”; “The process of modernizing the Libyan society: aligning the old and new”; “The conflict of the tent and the palace”; “A critical vision of the Libyan modernist project; questions of modernity and democratic transition in Libya: the difficult task;” The Libyan Spring : Nothing has changed except the faces and names ”, in the seventh Arab report on cultural development.

Mozaffar Hassan Elrezu

Professor of Strategic Planning and Project Management, specializing in e-governance and e-readiness. Published several studies in the fields of electronic readiness and digital economy, the most important of which are: “Information Space” (Centre for Arab Unity studies); and “Arab Social Communication Space: Imagined Groups and its Knowledge Discourse” (Centre for Arab Unity studies).

Hisham Safieddine

Assistant Professor of Modern Middle East History at King’s College, University of London. He is a researcher in the history of the modern political economy of the Arab Mashreq countries, including the history of the formation of financial systems and the history of Arab and Islamic economic thought, and an expert in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Walid Khadoury

He holds a PHD in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and an expert in the economics of oil and energy. He is also a consultant for the Middle East Economic Survey – MEES. He was Director of Research at the Institute for Palestine Studies, then Professor of Political Science at Kuwait University, then Director of Information at the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries. He is a weekly columnist on oil policy in several Arab newspapers, and has written several oil articles in periodicals in English.

Abdelkader Dendenne

An associate professor at the University of Annaba in Algeria and a researcher specialized in Asian affairs, with numerous publications and research papers in the field, including: Sira’ Al-Duwal Al-Kubra fi Al-Hindupacific “The Struggle between Great Powers in the Indo-Pacific: Reimagining the Strategic Map of Asia” published by Al Jazeera Center for Studies; As-Sin wa Azmat at-Taqa: Mutalazemat Tazayud at-Talab fi ad-Dakhil wa at-Taba’iya lil Kharij "China and the Energy Crisis: The Dilemma of Increasing Domestic Demand and External Dependence"; Al-Adwar al-Iqlimiyya lil Quwwa as-Sa'ida fi al-'Alaqat ad-Dawliyya "The Regional Roles of Emerging Powers in International Relations".

He also supervises several research projects, including: Jiyobolitik an-Naza'at fi Qarat Asiya "The Geopolitics of Conflicts in the Asian Continent", Ad-Diblomasiyat al-Thalath fi Siyasat as-Sin al-Kharijiya "The Three Diplomacies in China's Foreign Policy" and Jiyobolitik al-Madha'iq wal Mamarat al-Bahriyya al-'Alamiyya "The Geopolitics of Global Straits and Maritime Passages".