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Dr. Peter Mandaville is a nonresident senior fellow with the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at Brookings, as well as the director of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies and associate professor of government at George Mason University. In 2011-2012, during the Arab Spring, he served as a member of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State. He was the founding director of GMU’s Center for Global Studies and his visiting affiliations have included American University, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Pew Research Center. Born and raised in the Middle East—the third generation of his family to live in the region—his recent research has taken him to a wide range of Muslim settings such as Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and West Africa. He is most recently the author of Global Political Islam (London: Routledge, 2007), a broad global overview of Islamic social and political movements. Other books include Transnational Muslim Politics: Reimagining the Umma (London: Routledge, 2001; paperback 2003)—a study of Muslim communities in the United Kingdom—and co-editor of several volumes of essays in the fields of international relations and Islamic Studies, including the forthcoming volume Politics from Afar: Transnational Diasporas & Networks (Columbia University Press). He has testified before the U.S. Congress on Islamic radicalism and authored numerous book chapters and journal articles, and contributed to publications such as Foreignpolicy.com, the International Herald Tribune and The Guardian. He has also consulted widely for government, media and NGOs on contemporary Muslim world affairs. Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Pew Research Center, much of his recent work has focused on the comparative study of religious authority and social movements in the Muslim world, with an emphasis on youth groups, transnational networks, and new media.

Dr. Peter Mandaville is a nonresident senior fellow with the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at Brookings, as well as the director of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies and associate professor of government at George Mason University. In 2011-2012, during the Arab Spring, he served as a member of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State. He was the founding director of GMU’s Center for Global Studies and his visiting affiliations have included American University, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Pew Research Center. Born and raised in the Middle East—the third generation of his family to live in the region—his recent research has taken him to a wide range of Muslim settings such as Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and West Africa. He is most recently the author of Global Political Islam (London: Routledge, 2007), a broad global overview of Islamic social and political movements. Other books include Transnational Muslim Politics: Reimagining the Umma (London: Routledge, 2001; paperback 2003)—a study of Muslim communities in the United Kingdom—and co-editor of several volumes of essays in the fields of international relations and Islamic Studies, including the forthcoming volume Politics from Afar: Transnational Diasporas & Networks (Columbia University Press). He has testified before the U.S. Congress on Islamic radicalism and authored numerous book chapters and journal articles, and contributed to publications such as Foreignpolicy.com, the International Herald Tribune and The Guardian. He has also consulted widely for government, media and NGOs on contemporary Muslim world affairs. Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Pew Research Center, much of his recent work has focused on the comparative study of religious authority and social movements in the Muslim world, with an emphasis on youth groups, transnational networks, and new media.