Alexander Decina is a visiting fellow at the Amman-based West Asia-North Africa Institute. From 2015 to 2018, he was a research associate for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he worked with think tanks and NGOs in Lebanon and Iraqi Kurdistan. Decina has written for Foreign Affairs, War on the Rocks, and the World Politics Review, among others. On Twitter: @alexdecina.

Writing in the Cairo Review