Bessma Momani and Claire Schachter

Dr. Bessma Momani is Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo’s Balsillie School of International Affairs and a senior fellow at both the Brookings Institution and the Centre for International Governance and Innovation. Dr. Momani is also Fulbright Scholar at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She has authored and co-edited over six books and of over 50 scholarly, peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters that have examined the IMF, the World Bank, petrodollars, regional trade agreements in the Middle East and economic liberalization throughout the Arab Gulf and the Middle East. Dr. Momani has received a number of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council awards and prizes for her research on global economic governance and political economy of the Middle East. More recently, Dr. Momani has been a public commentator and analyst on the Middle East and the Arab Spring. She is a regular contributor to CBC radio and a Middle East analyst on CTV News, CBC The National, Al-Jazeera English, Bloomberg TV, BNN and TVOs the Agenda. She has also published numerous op-ed articles on the Arab Spring in Canadian and international news outlets as well maintaining her own CIGI blog and Huffington Post column. Claire Schachter is the Managing Editor of She completed her M.Phil in International Relations at Oxford University, where she was a William and Nona Heaslip Scholar, and specialized in American Foreign Policy and International Law. Claire holds a B.A. (Hons) in International Relations from Trinity College, U of T.