Dr. Randa Slim is a fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She is an expert in peacebuilding, democratization, and post-conflict reconciliation in the countries of Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon.
Slim is the Director of the Track II Dialogues initiative at the Middle East Institute and an adjunct research fellow at the New America Foundation. A former vice president of the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue, Slim has been a senior program advisor at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a guest scholar at the United States Institute of Peace, and a program officer at the Kettering Foundation. A long-term practitioner of Track II dialogue and peace-building processes in the Middle East and Central Asia, she co-founded in 2007 the Arab Network for the Study of Democracy, a group of academics and civil society activists from eight Arab countries.
Slim is a member of the advisory committee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's Peacebuilding program and a member of the board of the Project on Middle East Democracy. The author of several studies, book chapters, and articles on conflict management, post-conflict peacebuilding, and Middle East politics, she is completing a book manuscript about Hezbollah.
She received her B.S. at the American University of Beirut, M.A. at the American University of Beirut, and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina. She speaks Arabic and French.