Benjamin Freedman is the Assistant to the Vice President of Policy and Policy Center Coordinator at the Middle East Institute. In this position, he aids scholars and program directors in research and grant projects, manages day-to-day Policy Center logistics, and assists in the center’s development. Prior to joining MEI, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. He recently traveled to Jordan for four months where he assisted with research at a Jordanian think tank pertaining to public perceptions of the Arab-Israeli conflict and American affairs in the Middle East. Benjamin previously worked for Human Rights First as a National Security Intern where he conducted research pertaining to the threat of climate change and its rising legal complications to the global refugee crisis.

For his degree, Benjamin researched extensively: the shortcomings of Palestinian democracy, the fall of Pan-Arabism, and the evolution of Egypt and Tunisia's post-Arab Spring movements.

Benjamin is professionally proficient in Arabic with exposure to Arab media and business linguistics and is competent in Spanish. He has traveled throughout the world, especially in the Levant and Europe.

Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs Concentrating on Security Policy
Minor in the Arabic Language

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