Bessma Momani

Former Nonresident Fellow

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Bessma Momani is a Nonresident Fellow of The Stimson Center. She is Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her areas of expertise include Middle East security and economic development, radicalization and resiliency of youth, and international finance and development. Prior to joining Stimson, she was a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Doha Center and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brooking Institution in Washington, DC. She has been a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Mortara Center, a 2015 Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, and a Fulbright Scholar, and a consultant at the International Monetary Fund.

Momani has authored and co-edited over ten books and over 75 scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters that have examined the Middle East, Arab youth, international finance and development, and radicalization. She is a regular contributor to international media on the Middle East and on global governance issues, she has written editorials for many reputable newspapers, including the New York Times, The Economist, The Globe and Mail, Newsweek, and The Toronto Star.

She holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Toronto, an M.A. from the University of Guelph, and a Ph.D. from Western University.

Research & Writing

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How US-led sanctions have impacted North Korean economy

HANOI • The breakdown of US President Donald Trump’s talks in Hanoi with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un raises an old question again: How much are US-led sanctions hurting the North Korean economy? Due to a paucity of information, it is hard to say for…

The narrative of Jamal Khashoggi’s death has been negotiated. Justice will not be served

After nearly two weeks of unending attention on the disappearance and now confirmed death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the powers have finally agreed upon a narrative that can satisfy all interested parties’ state interests. Make no mistake, th…

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Bessa Momani Op-Ed on Iranian Regime Change

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Bessma Momani Op-Ed on Israel’s Futile Syria Strategy

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Bessma Momani Op-Ed on Turkey’s Afrin Offensive

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Bessma Momani Op-Ed on Iran’s Internal Combustion

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