Dr. Ranj Alaaldin is a Middle East and North Africa expert at the Brookings Institution and Director of the Carnegie Corporation’s Proxy Wars Initiative at the Crisis Response Council. He obtained his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he studied social movements and sub-national identities, with a particular focus on Shiite political mobilisation in Iraq and the Shiite religious establishment in Najaf. His research focuses on the interplay between armed conflict, good governance and regional peace and security dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa region. Prior to this, he worked on and specialised in the laws of armed conflict and the use of force under international law. More recently, his work has examined the nexus between economic development and security sector reforms, power-sharing and constitutional arrangements, conflict resolution and Track II diplomacy. He is the Director of the Carnegie Corporation’s Proxy Wars Initiative and Crisis Response Council. He advises government and non-government organisations, and has written for peer-reviewed journals, and has written for the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, Washington Post and Bloomberg, among other outlets.
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