| Murhaf Jouejati is a Syrian-born specialist on Middle East affairs, Syrian politics in particular. He is currently the director of the Middle East Studies Program and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University 's Elliott School of International Affairs. He is also an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute.
Dr. Jouejati has over two decades of experience researching and working on the political, social, and economic aspects of the Middle East . In 2000-2002, he was a resident scholar at the Middle East Institute. Between1998 and 2000, he served as the political advisor to the European Commission Delegation in Damascus and as focal point for several EU-funded regional development programs, including civil society. Before assuming that position, Dr. Jouejati served with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), first as the National Program Officer in Syria (1993 to 1994) where he headed the UNDP's program section, and then as a consultant to the Bureau of Arab States in New York (1994-1995). Dr. Jouejati was an advisor to the Syrian delegation to the Middle East peace talks (1991-1994 and 1996).
Dr. Jouejati has written extensively on Syria and the Middle East . As an expert on Syrian foreign policy, he was invited to testify before the 9/11 Commission and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Dr. Jouejati has been a frequent guest on NPR's All Things Considered and television news programs such as PBS's The News Hour with Jim Lehrer , ABC News's Nightline , CNN, and others.
Dr. Jouejati holds an MA in Arab area studies from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Utah.
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