Daniel Benaim is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a visiting assistant professor at New York University’s Program in International Relations. He previously served as a Middle East adviser and speechwriter in the Office of the Vice President, on the secretary of state’s policy planning staff, and on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was awarded an International Affairs Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations. Benaim has an undergraduate degree in English literature from Yale University and a Master of Arts in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Minna Jaffery is an intern at the Center for American Progress and a graduate student at Columbia University, where she is focusing on Middle Eastern politics and counterterrorism.
Image: Iraqi security forces stand guard as demonstrators protest in front of Basra provincial council building, demanding jobs and better state services, in Basra, Iraq July 31, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani