Sharaka Scholars Forum

The Abraham Accord’s Impact on the Region 

Mission

To offer an academic dimension to peace building, tolerance and development in the Middle East by examining the outcomes of the Abraham Accords and other peace agreements on regional security, inter-governmental relationships as well as people-to-people relationships.

Vision

To show supporters, opponents and skeptics in various fields such as security, media, economics, technology, science, arts, etc. the findings from the Forum’s research so future decision-making is built upon evidence and informed recommendations.

Function and Activities

The Forum is composed of academics in different fields, tasked with examining both the new opportunities and the challenges for regional collaboration based on the peace agreements. There will be monthly workshops and annual conferences to present different topics and research papers.   

As part of an initial development phase of the Scholars’ Forum, participants can present papers that have not been written exclusively for the Forum, but can be modified to fulfill the goals and needs of the peace agreements. 
In addition to research papers, the Forum will look at policy-making papers. The main purpose of the policy papers is that they will be more concise than the research papers and will mainly focus on recommendations.  The Scholars’ Forum will establish a workflow of committees that will offer feedback and recommendations for the participants’ papers before they get published on the Forum’s website. 
The Scholars’ Forum will also offer a translation service for papers from English or French into Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and vice versa.   

Topics of Studies

Geopolitics
Political Communications and Media
International Law and Politics
Economics and Business
Science & Technology
Arts & Culture

Participants

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie

Ph.D. International Relations, Author, Political Consultant with a background in Government Liaison, Polling, Policy, Research, Image management, Opinion Management. He is the managing partner of Khuzaie Associates LLC.

Dr. Mohamed Chatou

Dr. Mohamed Chtatou is a Professor of education science at the university in Rabat. He is currently a political analyst with Moroccan, Gulf, French, Italian and British media on politics and culture in the Middle East, Islam and Islamism, and terrorism. He is also a specialist on political Islam in the MENA region, interested in the roots of terrorism and religious extremism.

Dr. Noha Mellor

Dr. Noha Mellor is a professor of Media, with a particular focus on pan-Arab media, and co-director of the Centre for International Media Analysis, Research & Consultancy. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Stockholm University (Sweden).

Dr. Kamal Abdel Malek

Dr. Kamal Abdel Malek is a novelist and a scholar. He has taught at Princeton and Brown universities. While at Brown University, he received the prestigious Wriston Fellowship for excellence in teaching and research. How people from different cultural backgrounds relate to one another without losing their authentic selves is what preoccupies Kamal’s scholarly and fictional work alike

Dr. Marwa Maziad

Dr. Marwa Maziad is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Israel Studies at the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, at University of Maryland and a Non-resident Scholar with the Middle East Institute’s Defense and Security Program.
She has also been a Senior Faculty Fellow at American University’s Center for Israel Studies in Washington, D.C., a Scholar at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, and a former Visiting Assistant Professor at Seattle University.

Dr. Maziad specializes in international relations and comparative civil-military relations. She’s a regular commentator on BBC Arabic, France 24, i24News and other international media. She’s fluent in Arabic, French, Turkish, and Hebrew.

Mr. Mohammed Baharoon

Mohammed Baharoon is the Director-General of Dubai Public Policy Research Center (b’huth), established in 2002 in Dubai, UAE. He perused a career in Media as a reporter for “Al Arabi” Magazine, Al Ittihad newspaper, and then Editor for Gulf Defence Magazine before starting as director of research at b’huth and focusing on the interplay between geostrategy and policymaking in governance, stability, capacity building, and future-proofing. Dr. Mohammed has also worked as Deputy Director of Watani (UAE’s first initiative on National Identity) and is also a founding member of the board of “Bussola Institute” a think tank in Brussels that focuses on the changing and emerging aspects of the partnership between the E.U. and the GCC member states.

Dr. Anan Wahabi

Dr. Anan has been lecturing at Haifa University since 2010 till today. Dr. Anan Wahabi is a retired Colonel in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) with operational and academic experience in strategy and countering regional terrorism. Dr. Anan served at the Prime Minister's Office between 2010-2013, where he dealt with regional strategies.

Dr. Kouider Mokhtari

Kouider Mokhtari is the Anderson-Vukelja-Wright Endowed Professor of literacy education at the University of Texas at Tyler, Texas, where he engages in research, teaching, and service initiatives aimed at advancing literacy instruction and increasing students' literacy achievement outcomes. Kouider’s research focuses on the acquisition of language and literacy by first and second language learners, with particular emphasis on children, adolescents, and adults who can read but have difficulties understanding what they read. This research has been published in various literacy research and practice journals.

Dr. Nir Boms

Dr. Nir Boms is a research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University and at the International Center for Counter-Terrorism in Hertzliya. He is a member of the board of the Israeli Council of Foreign Relations and the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in Schools and the Co-Founder of CyberDissidents.org, a network of bloggers from the Middle East that focuses on freedom of expression and the promotion of dialogue in the region. In 2012 he co-founded the Tiyul-Rihla project, a bi-national educational initiative bringing Israelis and Palestinians together to travel and learn the history and identity of each other. Prior to his return to Israel in 2004, he served as the Vice President of the Washington-based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD).

Dr. Banafsheh Keynoush

Dr. Banafsheh Keynoush is a scholar of international affairs. She has conducted fieldwork in the Middle East for two decades, including in Saudi Arabia and Iran, was a visiting scholar at Princeton University, and a visiting fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. She is a fellow at the International Institute for Iranian Studies, and a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute.

Dr. Ramy Aziz

Dr. Ramy Aziz is an Egyptian researcher and Political analyst of Middle Eastern Affairs, Political Islam and Arab-Israeli relations. He is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism (ISGAP). His articles and analysis appear in the Jerusalem Post, the Times of Israel, Middle East Quarterly, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has conducted interviews with I24news TV, DW TV and Radio, Israeli public TV and Radio, and Alhurra news channel.

Iffat Khan

Lecturer: Graduate Studies-Northeastern University, MA