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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.

5th October 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

U.S. and UN Sanction Libyan Militia Leader Ibrahim Jadran

Romany Shaker

On September 12, the United States and the United Nations sanctioned Libyan militia leader Ibrahim Jadran for his role in spearheading multiple attacks on oil facilities. The move marks the second round of U.S. sanctions – and the first in coordination with the UN – on those responsible for destabilizing Libya by damaging its oil industry. more...

Analysis & Commentary

5th October 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

U.S. and UN Sanction Libyan Militia Leader Ibrahim Jadran

Romany Shaker

On September 12, the United States and the United Nations sanctioned Libyan militia leader Ibrahim Jadran for his role in spearheading multiple attacks on oil facilities. The move marks the second round of U.S. sanctions – and the first in coordination with the UN – on those responsible for destabilizing Libya by damaging its oil industry. more...

5th October 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Controversial Cultural Attaché Leaves Algeria

Romany Shaker

On September 22, Iran’s cultural attaché in Algeria Amir Mousavi announced he would leave his position after almost four years in the country. The announcement followed accusations by Algerian activists and former officials against the Iranian diplomat over his alleged role in recruiting thousands of Shiite Muslims in Algeria on behalf of Iran. Mousavi’s departure highlights Iran’s persistent and unwelcome attempts to expand its influence in North Africa. more...

14th September 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Islamic State Attacks Libya’s National Oil Corporation

Romany Shaker

The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for a September 10 shooting attack at the Tripoli headquarters of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), which killed at least two employees and wounded 10 others. “Three suicide militants from the soldiers of the caliphate” carried out the assault, the IS-affiliated “Wilayat Libya” said in a statement posted by the Islamic State’s Amaq news agency. more...

7th September 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Bright Star Participation and the Push for Egyptian Reform

Romany Shaker

U.S. and Egyptian military forces, beginning Saturday, will participate in a joint exercise in Egypt called “Bright Star 2018.” This is the second time the United States will participate in the joint exercise since the Egyptian military toppled Islamist President Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013. American participation in Bright Star reflects an ongoing effort to balance U.S. engagement with Cairo on security issues without neglecting Washington’s concerns about human rights abuses. more...