Wael Abdulshafi is a Research Analyst at the Stimson Center’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Program based at Stimson Europe in Brussels, Belgium. His work centers around dialogue and track II diplomacy in the Middle East, and also has a keen interest in EU and US foreign policy towards the MENA region. Prior to joining Stimson, Wael held various positions at the EastWest Institute, where he coordinated projects on dialogue and conflict prevention in the Middle East. He also worked as a consultant for The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), contributing data on military expenditure in the MENA region. Wael also worked as a Seminar Assistant at the EU Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, a German political party foundation, and as an intern at the The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) field office in Amman, Jordan.
Wael holds an MSc in International Administration and Global Governance from the University of Gothenburg and a BA in International Relations from Malmö University. Besides his native Arabic and German, Wael also speaks English and Swedish.