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Romany Shaker

Research Analyst

Biography:

Romany Shaker is a research analyst and Arabic language specialist at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. His research focuses on domestic and regional politics, as well as extremist and terrorist groups, in both MENA and the Gulf. Previously, Romany worked with the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) and he has experience with translating, writing, and media analysis and countering violent extremism. Romany earned his B.A. in English Literature in Egypt, received a media translation certificate from the American University in Cairo, and has lived in Cairo and Doha.

Romany Shaker is a research analyst and Arabic language specialist at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. His research focuses on domestic and regional politics, as well as extremist and terrorist groups, in both MENA and the Gulf. Previously, Romany worked with the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) and he has experience with translating, writing, and media analysis and countering violent extremism. Romany earned his B.A. in English Literature in Egypt, received a media translation certificate from the American University in Cairo, and has lived in Cairo and Doha.

13th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC-controlled Syrian militia declares jihad against US forces in Syria

Amir Toumaj, Romany Shaker

A Syrian militia led by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) declared on April 6 jihad against US and allied forces in Syria. The IRGC is likely to boost its military support to the group as it explores avenues to drive the US out of Syria. more...

Analysis & Commentary

13th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC-controlled Syrian militia declares jihad against US forces in Syria

Amir Toumaj, Romany Shaker

A Syrian militia led by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) declared on April 6 jihad against US and allied forces in Syria. The IRGC is likely to boost its military support to the group as it explores avenues to drive the US out of Syria. more...

5th April 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Egypt’s Sisi Reelected with 97 Percent of Vote

Romany Shaker

With no serious challenger in the race, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi won a second four-year term last week, winning 21,835,387 votes or 97.08 percent of the total, according to official figures. The State Department said it looked forward to working with Sisi to advance the United States’ strategic partnership with Egypt, yet noted the importance of “encouraging respect for and protection of basic rights and freedoms.” more...

4th April 2018 – Quoted by Ahval

U.S. should oppose Turkish plans to confront YPG – analysis

Romany Shaker

The United States should oppose Turkish plans to extend an operation against fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria’s Afrin to other parts of the country’s northern region, said Romany Shaker, research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. more...

3rd April 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Erdogan Threatens to Expand War Against U.S. Partners in Syria

Romany Shaker

A bomb blast near the city of Manbij in northern Syria killed one American and one British soldier last week, not far from the front lines that separate Turkish forces from Syrian-Kurdish fighters and their U.S. partners in the anti-Islamic State coalition. The same day, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey has started preparations to eliminate Kurdish forces from three regions near the Syrian-Turkish border, which would entail a major expansion of the anti-Kurdish offensive, known as “Operation Olive Branch,” launched in January. more...