RANDA SLIM is a Lebanese-American political analyst with a long-term experience with peace-building initiatives in Central Asia and the Middle East. She is the director of the Initiative for Track II Dialogues at the Middle East Institute and a non-resident fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at the University of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

OMER KASSIM holds a BA in Middle East Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently a research assistant at the Middle East Institute focusing on Iraqi politics. He has also worked as a journalist at Al-Hayat..