Dina Arakji is a Non-Resident Fellow with the Middle East Institute's Defense and Security Program. Dina currently works at Control Risks, where she tracks and analyses political and security developments and their implications for businesses in the Middle East and North Africa, with a primary focus on Yemen and the Gulf Arab countries. Prior to joining Control Risks, Dina worked as a research assistant at the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Lebanon, focusing on civil-military relations in the Arab states. She also worked with Transparency International’s Defense and Security division and the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED).

MS in International Security, Sciences Po
BA in Political Science and International Affairs, Lebanese American University

Regions of Expertise:
Lebanon, Levant, and the Persian Gulf

Issues of Expertise:
Armed conflict, defense, military affairs, security assistance, gender, civil-military relations

English, Arabic, French

External Publications:

  • Dina Arakji, “Women and Military Service: There Is Still No Gender Equality,” Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), June 5, 2022, http://bitly.ws/IGau 
  • Dina Arakji, “Lebanon: New Challenges to the Delivery of Security Assistance,” Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), August 2, 2022, http://bitly.ws/CZLK  
  • Dalia Ghanem and Dina Arakji, “Women in the Arab Armed Forces,” Arab Institute for Women, April 2, 2020, https://bit.ly/3eJIU50
  • Dina Arakji, “Which Kind of Armed Forces,” Carnegie Middle East Center, February 20, 2020, https://bit.ly/35gkbRL 

Contact Information

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