Karim Makdisi is an Associate Professor of international politics and founding director of the Graduate Program in Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He served as associate director in AUB’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, where he also directed the “UN and the Arab World” research and policy program. He currently directs the environmental policy program within AUB’s interdisciplinary graduate program in Environmental Sciences. He was a founding member and served on the first Board of Trustees of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences. Prior to joining AUB, he worked for three years at the Economic and Social commission for Western Asia, focusing on the global and regional UN sustainable development agenda and the inter-connected issues of crisis, intervention and reconstruction. He is the co-editor of Land of the Blue Helmets: The United Nations in the Arab World (University of California Press, 2017); and Interventions in Conflict: International Peacemaking in the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). He has published in journals such as Global Governance, Third World Quarterly, International Peacekeeping, and International Studies Perspective. His current book project is: Disarming Syria: The International Politics of Eliminating Syria’s Chemical Weapons. He obtained his BA from Georgetown University and Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.