Intissar Fakir

Middle East Institute


Intissar Fakir is Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on North Africa and the Sahel at the Middle East Institute (MEI).

She is an expert on North Africa, the Sahel, and key regional thematic issues including governance, social change, migration, and security. Her research covers a wide range of topics including North Africa’s evolving politics including Islamist electoral politics in post-2011 Morocco and Tunisia, the Western Sahara issue, foreign policy priorities in Morocco and the broader region, and the impact of COVID-19 on regional political stability. She has also explored political transitions, mobilisation trends, energy, and social change in Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, and Tunisia.

Prior to joining MEI, Intissar was a Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where she was also the Editor-in-Chief of the bilanguage (English and Arabic) Middle East online journal Sada. She has also implemented programs at various NGOs in support of political, economic, and social reform in the North Africa and the Middle East. She has performed consulting work and advised governments and corporate entities in the US and Europe on Maghreb developments. She is the author of numerous reports, articles, and book chapters on the region and has been published in foreign policy journals and newspapers in English and Arabic. She is fluent in English, Arabic, and French.

She holds an MA from the Elliott School at George Washington University and a BA in English, Literature and Political Science from Fort Hays State University in Kansas.

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