Mahmoud Jaraba


Mahmoud Jaraba Lecturer and researcher at the Erlangen Centre for Islam and Law in Europe (EZIRE) and the Max Plack Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany.

Author of, “Hamas, Tentative March toward Peace” (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, 2010) and other articles for research publications and mass media, including Foreign Policy.

Jaraba has conducted research in Palestine and has worked for a number of Palestinian civil society organizations, including the PCPSR, the Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy (Muwatin), and the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN).

Jaraba holds a PhD in Political Science from the University Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. His 2013 dissertation was entitled,” Moderation or Transformation: Explaining the Different Ideological Trajectories of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and the Turkish Justice and Development Party.”

Jaraba was awarded an MA in International Studies (2007) and a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Birzeit University in Palestine.


Maʿsūd Asad Allāhī


Researcher in Iranian-Arab relations, member of the Iranian delegation to the Astana talks on Syria, and former spokesman for the International Youth & Islamic Awakening  Conference in Iran.

Dr. Asad Allāhī holds a PhD in political science from Imam Sadiq University in Tehran.

Dr. Asad Allāhī has published two books in Arabic:

  • Islamists in Plural Societies: Hizbullah in Lebanon (2004)
  • Governance of the Jurist (Vilayat-e Faqih) and Democracy

Ali Al-Dahab


Yemeni researcher specializing in Yemeni strategic affairs.

Holds a Master’s Degree in Maritime Transport (Maritime Security) from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (Egypt, 2009).

Currently preparing for the defense of his PhD dissertation on, “A Maritime Security Strategy for the western Indian Ocean.”

Areas of interest include leadership, management, statistical analysis and military affairs.

Frequent participant in conferences in Yemen and Egypt.

Frequent writer on military, security and political issues.

Abdul Aziz Al Ishaq


Qatari columnist at Al Raya and Al Watan daily Qatari newspapers.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Qatar University.

Al Ishaq worked as a producer and presenter at Al Jazeera Children’s Channel, and co-presented a monthly town hall show on Qatar TV, “The Decision is Yours.”

He also worked as chief of staff for the Qatari Minister of Culture, and the chief of staff for the Qatari Secretary General of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage.

Al Ishaq headed the Media and Rights section of the Qatari Marine Festival Organising Committee in 2010.

When Doha was chosen by UNESCO in 2010 as the Arab Capital of Culture, Al Ishaq was editor in chief of a magazine on the local events of the year, named “The Capital.”

Mohamed Mahsoub


Former Egyptian Minister of State for Legal Affairs and Parliamentary Councils.
He was a professor and dean at the Law Faculty of Menoufia University.

He lectured on international economics law at the Sorbonne and conducted research on arbitration and economic legislation at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in Lausanne.

He headed the Constitution drafting committee after the 2011 revolution in Egypt, and served as the Secretary General of the Egyptian People’s Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative.

Mahsoub is author of several books including:
• The Egyptian Modern State: from Renaissance to Subjugation (1996)
• The Conflict between Law and Morality