Founded in 1946, the Middle East Institute is the oldest Washington-based institution dedicated solely to the study of the Middle East. Its founders, scholar George Camp Keiser and former US Secretary of State Christian Herter, laid out a simple mandate: "to increase knowledge of the Middle East among the citizens of the United States and to promote a better understanding between the people of these two areas. MEI has earned a reputation as an unbiased source of information and analysis on this critical region of the world, a reputation it has meticulously safeguarded since its creation. Today, MEI remains a respected, non-partisan voice in the field of Middle East studies.
The Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, located in Paris, is the leading French think tank on security issues. FRS conducts studies for French government departments and agencies, European institutions, international organizations and private companies. It contributes to the strategic debate in France, in Europe and abroad. The Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique has an interdisciplinary team of thirty researchers: experts in international and strategic matters, political scientists, engineers, scientists and former military. Its expertise covers the full spectrum of security and defence issues, from the analysis of technical-operational aspects, to in-depth knowledge of strategic areas, including intra-state conflicts or human security.
John Calabrese teaches US Foreign Policy at American University. He also is a Scholar in Residence at the Middle East Institute where he serves as Book Review Editor of The Middle East Journal and Editor of the MEI Viewpoints series. He is the author of China’s Changing Relations with the Middle East and Revolutionary Horizons: Iran’s Regional Foreign Policy. He has edited several books and has written numerous articles on the international relations of the Middle East.
He has recently published: Iraq’s Refugee and IDP Crisis: Human Toll and Implications
Jean-Luc Marret is a Senior Fellow at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique. He is currently working on conflicts and conflict prevention (non-state violent actors, NGOs) issues. He has published numerous books in French and other languages, including La fabrication de la paix (The making of peace, in 2002).