Seth Anziska Visiting Fellow
Seth Anziska is the Mohamed S. Farsi-Polonsky Lecturer in Jewish-Muslim Relations at University College London. His research and teaching focuses on Israeli and Palestinian society and culture, modern Middle Eastern history, and contemporary Arab and Jewish politics. Seth received his BA and PhD in History from Columbia University, and his M. Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He is completing a book manuscript based on his dissertation, “Camp David’s Shadow: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinian Question, 1977-1993,” which was awarded the Oxford University Press Dissertation Prize in International History. Seth has been a visiting fellow at New York University, the London School of Economics and the American University of Beirut, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times and Foreign Policy.
Tareq Baconi Visiting Fellow
Tareq Baconi is an energy consultant and a Policy Fellow at al Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. Alongside advisory work in the oil and gas sectors in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, his research focuses on the contemporary geopolitics of the region, particularly Israel-Palestine and Islamic movements. Tareq’s book, Hamas: The Politics of Resistance, is forthcoming with Stanford University Press. He holds a PhD in International Relations from Kings College London, an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and an MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London. Tareq has been a Visiting Fellow at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute and his writings have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Sada: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Guardian, The Daily Star and Al Ghad.
Salem Barahmeh Visiting Fellow
Salem Barahmeh was previously a Policy and Public Affairs Advisor at Portland Communications, advising government clients in the Middle East on the intersection of policy and communications. He worked in Government Affairs for the Palestinian Embassy in Washington, D.C. and was an Atkin Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College London. Salem holds an MA from King's College London in International Law and Politics and a BA from Lawrence University in Government.
Lara Friedman Non-resident Fellow
Lara Friedman is a non-resident fellow at the U.S./Middle East Project and the President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP). She previously served as Director of Policy and Government Relations at Americans for Peace Now. A former U.S. Foreign Service Officer, Friedman served in Jerusalem, Washington, Tunis and Beirut. She is a leading authority on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, with particular focus on the Israeli-Arab conflict and on the role of the U.S. Congress. She frequently briefs Members of Congress, Administration officials, and others in the foreign policy/national security community, and is regularly published in the U.S. and Israeli press. She also works closely with Jerusalem expert Danny Seidemann and has participated in various Track II Israeli-Palestinian efforts. She holds a B.A. from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and speaks French, Spanish, Arabic and (rather poor) Italian.
Nadine Almanasfi Special Assistant and Coordinator
Nadine Almanasfi joined the USMEP in June 2017. She is completing a Master's degree in International Conflict Studies at King's College London with a specific focus on urban geography in the Middle East. She has previously taken up campaigning and advocacy roles around both Middle Eastern and domestic political issues as well as research positions on the refugee crisis and the Syrian civil war.
Matteo Mencarelli Project Manager
Matteo Mencarelli is a Project Manager at the U.S./Middle East Project where he joined in February 2017. He previously served as Coordinator of the Middle East & North Africa Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations in London from 2013 until 2017. Before moving to the U.K. to pursue his MA in International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Matteo spent time in the region living in both Syria and Lebanon, studying Arabic and working at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).