Tom A. Peter, Director of Operations

Tom is a journalist who covers the Middle East, Central Asia, and security issues. His work has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Guardian, Al Jazeera America, The New Republic,  The Times of London, GlobalPost, The National, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and other periodicals. Tom has provided on-the-ground news analysis for CNN, National Public Radio, BBC, Fox News, CBS News Radio, France 24, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation TV, and others.

Mosab Atassi, Project Coordinator

Mosab is a humanitarian development specialist, researcher, and interpreter. He is focused on healthcare issues, especially vaccination coverage in Syria and Yemen. Additionally, he has worked in support of journalists and academic researchers investigating the Syrian revolution and the situation in the Middle East.  

Jeremy Hodge, Research Fellow

Jeremy is an investigative journalist writing on the petroleum/defense sectors, collusive state-business relations and regional finance. He has conducted research on Egypt’s automotive sector for the Center for International Development at Harvard University and previously served as Editor of the Yemen Times Newspaper and Radio in Sana’a, Yemen. Jeremy’s articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Nation, Le Monde Diplomatique, Al-Jazeera, and other outlets. He is fluent in Modern Standard, Egyptian, and Levantine Arabic.

Muhammad Huzaifa Othman, Research Fellow

Huzaifa is a law school graduate and the founder of the first revolutionary magazine in Manbij, Syria. He has written articles for ِArab publications, including Al Arabiya, Jeiroun, Al Araby al-Jadeed, and Ultra Sawt. Muhammad also writes poems, short stories and blogs.

Hussein Akoush, Research Fellow

Hussein Akoush is a Syrian freelance journalist and researcher. He has written for The Guardian, Middle East Eye, Daily Mail, Global Post, and other media outlets. Hussein has also provided research and media services for news outlets that include The New Yorker, The Daily Telegraph, Fox News, PBS NewsHour TV, and Quotidien TV.


Nick McDonell

Nick McDonell is a writer of fiction, journalism, and political theory.  He studied literature at Harvard University and International Relations at Oxford University. He is author of the novels Twelve and An Expensive Education; his nonfiction works include The Civilization of Perpetual Movement: Nomads in the Modern World and The End of Major Combat Operations. His latest book is The Bodies In Person: An Account of Civilian Casualties in American Wars.

Anand Gopal

Anand Gopal is an assistant research professor with the Center on the Future of War and the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University. He is a journalist and sociologist who has worked extensively in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. He reports for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications. He is the author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes. He received his PhD from Columbia University, and is a fellow at the Type Media Center. 

Anita Sreedhar

Anita Sreedhar is a public health specialist and fourth year medical student at Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine. She has focused on the neoliberalization of global public health, such as the rise of contract research organizations (CROs) in Latin America, and cultural and political barriers to vaccination coverage in Afghanistan, She has over a decade of experience as journalist with NBC News and the Hindustan Times, and received her MpH from Columbia University.