August 13, 2013
"We are excited to add these exemplary young scholars to our staff," said Institute Executive Director Robert Satloff. "Adel El-Adawy and Vish Sakthivel offer outstanding potential for enriching Mideast studies and enhancing U.S. policy. We look forward to their contributions."
Vish Sakthivel, who spent three years in Morocco as a researcher and Peace Corps worker, will focus on Islamist politics in the North African country. Originally from Ohio, she holds a B.A. from Bowling Green State University and an M.A. from Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute with a certificate in Arab Studies from the School of Foreign Service. Before joining the Institute, she held positions with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Council on Foreign Relations. She is fluent in Moroccan Arabic and Tamil. Her most recent article,"Are Morocco's Political Salafists Committed to Peace?" examines the intersection between salafism and the political process in Morocco.
Adel El-Adawy’s research will center on non-Islamist forces in Egyptian politics. While working on his M.A. in political science at American University, he held positions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Middle East Institute (MEI). Originally from Egypt, he also holds a B.A. from the College of Wooster and is fluent in Arabic and German. His most recent article, "Imminent Crackdown in Egypt: Potential Consequences," discusses the negative reverberations violent military action in Egypt can have for the country's democratic transition.
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