The United Arab Emirates is turning to its space program to position itself as a hub for advanced technology, diversify the economy away from oil, and rekindle space culture among young Emiratis.
Research Associate, AGSIW
Sussan Saikali is a research associate at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. Her primary research focus is identity politics and the effects of sectarianism on political attitudes and behaviors in the Middle East as well as the spillover of sectarianism in the Middle Eastern diaspora population in the West. Saikali has worked with a number of local institutes and organizations, both political and nonprofit, and analyzed and assessed the effects racial and religious identity can have on communities as well as their political behaviors and policies.
Saikali is a PhD student at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She holds an MA in political science and a certificate in international affairs from Villanova University and a BA in political science from Temple University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.
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