Writing Staff

Writing Staff

ZongXian Eugene Ang

Eugene is a senior in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University majoring in International Politics. Born and bred in Singapore, he enjoys backpacking in far-off locales. He also considers himself a “Turkophile” after spending a semester in Turkey, and he is currently working on learning the Turkish language.

Salma Khamis

Salma is a junior in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University majoring in Regional and Comparative Studies. Salma’s concentration is on the effects of gender disparity on economic development in both the Middle East and Latin America. She is also pursuing a certificate in Islam and Muslim-Christian Understanding and has been interning at the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding since September 2014. Salma was born and raised in Egypt and serves as a board member for the Georgetown University Arab Society.


Mason Hill
Mason is a junior attending Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He originally hails from Lexington, Kentucky and enjoys running, reading, and exploring Washington, D.C.

Vikram Shah
Vikram is a senior in School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he studies International Politics and Security Studies.

Sumer Shaikh
Sumer is a recent graduate of  Clark University where she majored in International Development. Her area of concentration is race, ethnic, and gender relations with a regional focus on the Middle-East and North Africa. Previously, she spent a semester studying Arabic and Middle Eastern politics at the University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan. She then spent two months assessing gender mainstreaming in community forestry at the Center for International Forestry Research in Bogor, Indonesia.

Veronica Baker
Veronica is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder where she majored in International Affairs, Political Science, and Peace and Conflict studies.  She has studied in Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan.  Veronica is currently interning as a press assistant for the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

James Abate
James Abate is a junior in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; he is majoring in International Politics with a concentration in International Law. He is particularly interested in marginalized populations and their role within the greater narrative of society in the MENA region. He previously held an internship with the Human Rights Campaign Global Division where he researched burgeoning LGBT rights movements in the Middle East and serves as the president of the Georgetown University Arab Society.

Annabelle Timsit
Annabelle is a junior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Politics with a concentration in Foreign Policy. Annabelle was born and raised in Paris, France and writes about the former French colonies of North Africa, as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She is also obtaining a certificate in Jewish Civilization and works as a research assistant at the Institute for Women, Peace and Security. Annabelle is currently studying abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, learning Portuguese and writing for the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.

Patrick Lim
Patrick Lim is a senior studying International Politics at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. He is an International Politics major with a concentration in Security Studies. Previously, he spent a semester studying in Amman, Jordan.

Kate Moran
Kate graduated in May 2015 from Emory University with degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic. Currently, she is working in Nazareth, Israel for the Al-Manarah Association for Arab Persons with Disability Rights. Following her return to the States, Kate hopes to pursue a Masters in Public Health and work for a global NGO on issues of peace, security, and women’s health.

Benjamin Lutz
Benjamin is a junior at Elon University studying Political Science and International Studies with concentrations on the Middle East and Peace and Conflict Studies. Currently, he is abroad in Amman, Jordan, on a diplomacy and policy studies program. He hopes to continue his education and receive a Masters in Peace and Conflict Resolution and a Doctorate in International Studies, Middle East Focus. At Elon, Benjamin is very involved in Model United Nations, which has largely influenced his passion for Middle East studies. Also, he is conducting an undergraduate thesis on the Jordanian refugee crisis from June 2012 – June 2016. This upcoming summer, he will be on the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Arabic program in Morocco.

Mariam El Atouabi

Mariam El Atouabi is a graduate student at Sciences Po Rabat (Morocco) majoring in MENA Geopolitics and Global Security. She is the founder of the Young Moroccan Delegation at the United Nations, which aims to represent the Moroccan and Arab youth at the UN. As a Huffington Post Maghreb contributor, her articles deal with the geopolitics of the Middle East as well as with the United States’ foreign policy in the region.