Ranj Alaaldin was a nonresident fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is also the director of the Crisis Response Council and a Carnegie Corporation of New York project focused on peace-building in the MENA region. Alaaldin is a foreign policy specialist with over 17 years of experience covering issues of international security, good governance, track II diplomacy, and public sector reforms. He is currently working with the World Bank on youth empowerment and the political economy of violence. He obtained his doctorate at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he also obtained degrees in international law.