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Hagar Hajjar Chemali is founder and CEO of Greenwich Media Strategies, which offers communications strategy, media engagement and public-relations consulting in areas including national security and counter-illicit finance. She comments and writes on national security and is an expert in sanctions and counter-illicit finance. Chemali is regularly featured on American TV news networks such as MSNBC and CNN.

Chemali held a number of senior public-affairs and policy-making positions over the course of 12 years in the US government. She is the former director of communications and spokesperson for the US mission to the United Nations and for Ambassador Samantha Power. Prior to that, she was spokesperson for terrorism and financial intelligence at the treasury department.

From 2010-2012, Chemali was director for Syria and Lebanon at the national security council at the White House. She was also a Middle East policy advisor at the treasury department’s office of terrorist financing and financial crimes.

Chemali received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Barnard College at Columbia University and a master of international affairs from its School of International and Public Affairs.

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Since the 2011 Arab Spring protests transformed the Middle East, Twitter has been a vital social media platform worldwide. From clerics to journalists, businesses and government ministries, Twitter is an information superhighway for millions of people from Bangladesh to Zambia. Elon Musk’s controversy-filled takeover of the company puts the future of “world Twitter” in question. There has been so much focus on … Continue reading “Twitter Saga is a Wake-Up Call for Rest of the World”

French Influence in North Africa Falters Amid New Global Realities By Oussama Romdhani - Dec 2, 2022

At a time when French-Algerian relations were supposed to be on the mend, Algeria’s Central Bank issued, on November 1, new banknotes which bore for the first time inscriptions in English, alongside Arabic. Politicians in Paris were not amused. They saw it as another sign that Algeria was drifting away from France’s zone of influence. … Continue reading “French Influence in North Africa Falters Amid New Global Realities”

The Eight Billionth Question By Afshin Molavi - Nov 28, 2022

The world just passed a quiet milestone, topping 8 billion people on Earth. Embedded in this demographic story is an important developmental one: We are healthier, wealthier, and better educated than at any time in human history. And yet, macro numbers offer little solace to the 800 million people who still lack access to electricity, or the roughly same amount who go … Continue reading “The Eight Billionth Question”

Climate Change Could Stifle the Middle East’s Tourism Rebound By Suha Ma’ayeh - Nov 27, 2022

After a two-year slowdown, tourism is once again booming in the Middle East. As countries lift their COVID-19 travel restrictions and demand for travel returns, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) projects that the sector’s contribution to regional GDP will grow more than 36 percent in 2022 – to more than $256 billion. While this is undoubtedly great news for countries where tourism accounts … Continue reading “Climate Change Could Stifle the Middle East’s Tourism Rebound”