Marwa Maziad

International Relations, ME Media and Politics Expert


Marwa Maziad

Marwa Maziad is an International Relations and Middle East Media and Politics Expert. She is a weekly Columnist for Almasry Alyoum—Egypt’s Leading Daily Independent Newspaper, as well as Aljazeera English. She received training in News Presentation and Talk Show Presentation at Aljazeera Training Center and has been repeatedly invited as Guest Anchor in a number of talk shows in Egypt.

Maziad has 15 years experience teaching and lecturing internationally in higher education institutions in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, on topics pertaining to international relations, and intercultural political communication. She is also a Conflict Resolution Practitioner at Conflict Resolution Intervention Services (CRIS), employing the Marwa Maziad MMMethod© to “Confront and Deflate” conflicts.

Maziad appeared for cultural and political analysis on CNN International, Aljazeera English, BBC World Service, National Public Radio (NPR) and a number of other Arab and international media.
She held academic positions as Faculty Member of Qatar University’s Department of Social Sciences as well as Northwestern University in Qatar’s Journalism Program. This experience in Qatar led to setting a research agenda in Gulf Studies, which shaped up through her Consultancy on a number of peer- reviewed international academic research grants. This also led to her inclusion in several Gulf Studies conferences. One was held in September 2013 at University of Exeter, where she presented a paper entitled “Qatar: A Nation Living in the Future,” and another was held at University of Cambridge in August 2014, where she presented a paper entitled “Qatar: Cultivating ‘The Citizen’ of the Futuristic State.” This piece came out as a book chapter in an edited volume published by Routledge 2016 entitled, “Representing the Nation: Heritage, Museums, National Narratives and Identity in the Arab Gulf States ” Her upcoming piece is on Egypt- GCC relations, with a paper entitled “Qatar in Egypt: Politics of Aljazeera.”

Maziad lives in Cairo as well as in Seattle, Washington, where she received her Master’s of Arts in International Communication from the University of Washington and has been a Fellow at the Middle East Center of Jackson School of International Studies. Her MA thesis, entitled Youssef Chahine’s Cinema: The Hospitable Space between ‘Self’ and ‘Other,’ traced depictions of East-West relations in the work of internationally renowned Egyptian Filmmaker Youssef Chahine (1926-2008). She succeeded in securing interviews with the prominent director around two critical historical moments: September 11, 2001 and the US War on Iraq in 2003.
She is currently pursuing an Interdisciplinary PhD in comparative politics of Middle East, at University of Washington, with a focus on civil-military relations in Turkey, Egypt and Israel. She has frequently written on the subject in her column, commented on it in the international media and her work has been academically recognized as she presented on her research in various conferences. She was a selected Fellow at Columbia University’s Summer Workshop on Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS), 2015. Her paper was selected for the European Research Group on Military and Society (ERGOMAS), 2015. She was an invited Fellow to chair a panel at the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUSAFS) in Chicago, 2015. And she presented her comparative research, in Rio de Janeiro 2016, at the International Conference on Transformations in the Military Profession as part of the International Sociological Association’s (ISA) Research Committee (RC01) on Armed Forces and Conflict Resolution.

Maziad is also a photojournalist by training and has produced two documentary films. Conversation 1: American Perceptions of the War on Iraq (2003) has been internationally screened in the United States and Europe. USA-SA: A Dialogue between American and South African Women (2004) addressed common challenges and opportunities facing women in both countries and beyond.

Learning languages is another passion for Maziad: She’s fluent in Arabic, English, French, Turkish, and Hebrew. She also studied Spanish, Italian, and German.

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