Alia Awadallah is a non-resident scholar with the Cyber program at the Middle East Institute. Her work focuses on international security, disinformation, security cooperation, and U.S. policy in the Middle East. Alia is also a Presidential Management Fellowship finalist and Rumsfeld Fellow. She previously served as a Research Associate on the National Security and International Policy team at the Center for American Progress and as a Senior Program Coordinator at Vital Voices Global Partnership. 

Alia has published reports and articles on U.S. Middle East policy, security cooperation, counterterrorism, disinformation, and violent extremism. 

MA in Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; BA in Political Science (Middle East concentration), Kent State University. 

Regions of Expertise
Levant and Persian Gulf

Issues of Expertise
Disinformation, security, US foreign policy, terrorism, violent extremism

English, Arabic

Contact Information

Please contact MEI’s media relations manager, Rachel Dooley, at or 202-785-1141 ext. 241 for assistance contacting this expert.

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