The DI hosted Dr. Nathan Brown, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at George Washington University, who delivered a lecture titled "American and the Middle East Under Trump." His invitation as a guest lecturer at the DI was an activity of the "Transcultural Identity Constructions in a Changing Arab World" research project led by Dr. Eid Mohamed, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and funded by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).
During the lecture, Dr. Nathan Brown analyzed the prospects of a Trump presidency on US foreign policy vis-à-vis the Middle East and considered it impossible to predict. He also mentioned that there is no clear explanation for Trump's victory in the US elections, and that he thinks the Trump Administration will prioritize domestic issues. Dr. Brown also stated that he believes there will not be much change in the US policy towards the Middle East and Israel will continue to benefit from increased US support.
Nathan Brown received his B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. in politics and Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. He teaches courses on Middle Eastern politics, as well as more general courses on comparative politics and international relations at George Washington University in the US.
For 2013-2015, Dr. Brown served as president of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), the academic association for scholars studying the region.
In addition to his academic work, Brown serves on the Middle East and North Africa advisory committee for Human Rights Watch and the board of trustees at the American University in Cairo. He has previously served as an advisor for the committee drafting the Palestinian constitution, USAID, the United Nations Development Program, and several NGOs.