Middle East has always been a dicey subject in the wake of frequent changes in the political scenario of the region. The countries like Iran, Iraq and Lebanon have witnessed numerous wars in the past few decades. The opaque nature of the political setup in the region arouses interests among people in the world towards this region. However there are very few independent and intelligent commentators present across the world that bring out the real inside story based on the region’s internal political affairs. Here is a list of top 10 political experts of Middle East.
10. Ali Banuazizi:
He is a great expert on the political issues of Middle East and presently serves as a professor in Boston College, US. He was the President of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and the International Society for Iranian Studies in the past. He is considered to be one of the leading experts on the Middle East politics. Banuazizi has written several articles and delivered many speeches on various issues related to the Arab world.
She is one of the foremost speakers on the Middle East’s issue, especially Lebanon and Iran. At present she is a professor at the Texas A&M University. She teaches courses on the Middle East politics, Political Islam and authoritarianism in the Middle East. Husseini has also contributed with many opinion articles on the political issue in the Middle East.
8. Farhad Kazemi:
He is presently a professor in politics and Middle Eastern studies at the New York University. He is the President of Middle Eastern Studies Association and also a member of Advisory Group for public diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim world. Kazemi has written several articles on the Middle East political issue and delivered speeches on the same across the world.
7. Stephen Kinzer:
He is an award winning journalist who covered many countries in the Middle East for the New York Times and still writes extensively about the political situation in that part of the world. He has also authored many books on Iran, Iraq and Middle East. Kinzer teaches journalism at Northwestern University and writes for The Guardian. He is renowned for his expertise on the subject involving Iran and Iraq.
6. Gary Sick:
He is one of the senior research scholars at Columbia University SIPA’s Middle East Institute. He was the White House aide during the Iranian Revolution and commands good control over the political matters in the Middle East. Sick is a member of Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch in Middle East. Sick has served as captain in US Army in various Middle East regions. He is one of the best known specialists on Middle East policy.
5. Mohsen Milani:
He has written over 50 academic articles, book chapters and encyclopedic entries about issues in Middle East. Milani is a frequent speaker on many Middle East issues in many international conferences across the world and his book “The Making of Iran’s Islamic Revolution” has been included in the study course material in various universities across the world.
4. Judith Yaphe:
She is a much respected professional who specializes in Iraq, Iran and Middle East political matters. Yaphe is a distinguished research fellow for Middle East at the National Defense University. She has also served as a senior analyst for 20 years on the north east Persian Gulf issues. Some of her recent publications are Iraq: Are we there yet, After the surge: Next steps in Iraq, Current history and Challenges to Persian Gulf history.
3. Noam Chomsky:
Professor of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT, Noam Chomsky is a well known author and writer on Middle East politics. Chomsky’s book, “Middle East Illusions” is considered as one of the landmark in the field of Middle East political study. The book is still followed in many quarters across the world. Dozens of publications, journals and research papers have benefited from the Chomsky’s work. His books show the exact political situation of the Middle East especially in the eyes of Western world.
2. Reza Aslan:
His literary works and speeches regarding Middle East political situation are considered to be one of the best in the present world. Aslan’s lecture entitled “Whether the Arab Spring?” enjoyed huge response across the world. He is presently a Wallerstein visiting professor in US and specializes in religious studies and the Middle East. The other aspect involved in his work is the inclusion of both information and humor that makes even serious viewpoints interesting.
1. Trita Parsi:
Trita Parsi is the President of National Iranian American Council. He is widely followed worldwide for his straight forward views on Middle East policies. He is the author of award winning book Treacherous Alliance – The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and United States. He is regularly consulted by Western, Middle East and Asian governments on Middle East affairs. His articles on the Middle East political matters are published regularly in Financial Times, The Nation, Al Jazeera, CNN, BBC to name a few.