Intissar Fakir is a Senior Fellow and Founding Director of the Middle East Institute’s (MEI) North Africa and Sahel program. Her work focuses on North Africa, the Sahel, and key regional thematic issues. She has written extensively on North Africa’s evolving politics, socio-economic trends, regional dynamics, governance, and security. Prior to joining MEI, Ms. Fakir was a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where she was also the editor-in-chief of the bilingual (English and Arabic) Middle East platform Sada. She has also implemented programs at various NGOs in support of political, economic, and social reform in North Africa and the Middle East. She has consulted for and advised different entities in the US and Europe on Maghreb developments.