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February 18th, 2011

  • Bahraini security forces fired live rounds and used tear gas on anti-government protesters.
  • At least 25 people had been hurt. Yesterday the peaceful demonstrators were attacked, and at least 4 people died and hundreds injured.
  • The protests have grown with the impact of those in Tunisia and Egypt. The youth unemployment rate in Bahrain is 19.6%. Protesters have called for democracy and social changes.

Analysts available for comment:
TOBY JONES is Assistant Professor of Middle East history at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Among others, he has worked as Persian Gulf Analyst for the International Crisis Group from 2004-2006 where he wrote about reform and sectarianism in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Location: New Jersey, USA
Languages: English, Arabic
CONTACT: toby.jones@theglobalexperts.org

RASHID KHALIDI is Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. He is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies and President of the Middle East Studies Association. He previously served as advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from 1991-3. He is the author of Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East (2009) and The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2006).

Location: New  New York, USA
Languages: English, Arabic
CONTACT: Rashid.khalidi@globalexpertfinder.org

ABDALLAH SCHLEIFER is a veteran journalist who has covered the Middle East for American and Arab media for more than thirty years. From 2006 to 2007, he was Washington Bureau Chief for the Al Arabiya TV network, and has previously worked for NBC, The New York Times, and The Jerusalem Star. He currently serves as Professor Emeritus at the American University in Cairo.

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Languages: English
CONTACT: abdallah.schleifer@globalexpertfinder.org

CHRISTOPHER DAVIDSON is a policy expert on the Gulf monarchies and specializes in the field of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Having lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, and Beirut, Dr. Davidson has an extensive knowledge of this region of the world.
Location: West Europe
Languages: English
CONTACT: Christopher.Davidson@theglobalexperts.org

JOEL BEININ is Director of Middle East Studies and Professor of History at the American University in Cairo. He is on extended leave from Stanford University. Professor Beinin’s principal areas of research have been the histories of modern Egypt, Israel and Palestine, radical movements and minorities in the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and US policy in the Middle East. He taught Middle East history at Stanford University from 1983 to 2006, including a broad range of courses from the rise of Islam to the present. He subsequently took up his current position as Director of Middle East Studies at the American University in Cairo.
Location: Middle East
Languages: Arabic, English
CONTACT: joel.beinin@globalexpertfinder.org

MONA ELTAHAWY is an award-winning New York-based journalist and commentator, and an international lecturer. Her opinion pieces have appeared frequently in the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post and the pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat newspaper and she has also published opeds in The New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Egypt’s al-Dostour and Lebanon’s Daily Star.
Location: New York, USA
Languages: English, Arabic
CONTACT: mona.eltahawy@globalexpertfinder.org

ASEF BAYAT is Professor of Sociology and Middle East Studies at the University of Illinois and Academic Director of the International Institute for the Study of Islam (ISIM) at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He taught sociology and Middle East studies at the American University in Cairo for sixteen years and has held visiting positions at the University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University, New York University, and the University of Oxford. His academic interests include political sociology and social movements, urban space and politics, international development, the contemporary Middle East and Islam. He has conducted ethnographic research in the areas of popular mobilization in the Iranian Revolution, labor movements, politics of the urban poor, development NGOs, comparative Islam, and Muslim youth cultural politics, primarily in Iran and Egypt.
Location: Illinois, USA
Languages: Arabic, English
CONTACT: asef.bayat@globalexpertfinder.org

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