Dr. Ranj Alaaldin is currently a Fellow of the Middle East Council on Global Affairs and the Director of the Crisis Response Council. Previously, he was a nonresident fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. Dr 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.