Philos research fellows work on country-specific research projects to educate policymakers, peer NGO leaders, and the general public about issues and trends in the Near East that are currently absent in public discourse.



Habib C. Malik is a Senior Research Fellow at The Philos Project, where his work focuses on mapping out Lebanon's current challenges and the best path forward for reform.

He holds a BA degree in history from the American University of Beirut and a MA and doctorate from Harvard University in modern European intellectual history. He has taught in universities in Lebanon and in Washington, DC for over 3 decades; and is currently an Associate Professor of History at Lebanese American University (Byblos campus) where he teaches history, cultural studies, and occasional graduate seminars in political science.

Habib also researches his late father, Dr. Charles Malik’s archives at the Library of Congress in Washington and works on preparing for publication a massive unpublished diary by same. His books include: Receiving Soeren Kierkegaard, The Early Impact and Transmission of his Thought (1997); Between Damascus and Jerusalem: Lebanon and Middle East Peace (1997, second edition 2000); Islamism and the Future of Christians in the Middle East (2010); edited and published the hitherto unpublished work by Charles Malik entitled The Systems of Whitehead’s Metaphysics (2016).

Andrew Doran


Andrew Doran served on the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff from 2018-21.  He is a co-founder of In Defense of Christians and previously served on the board of The Philos Project.  He has authored numerous articles and essays, primarily on U.S. foreign policy and human rights in the Middle East.  He previously served at the State Department (2008-09), is a U.S. Army veteran, and attorney. 

J. Darren Duke


Darren spent 30 years as a Marine Corps officer, serving in both military and diplomatic assignments in the Near East, Africa, and the Far East. He served as a military attaché to Israel during the Second Lebanon War (2006) and later as a member of the U.S. Roadmap for Peace security sector negotiating team (2008-2009). He also led a U.S. special operations task force in support of African Union counter-insurgency operations against the Lord's Resistance Army in 2014-2015. He holds a BS in Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy and a MA in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. His work focuses on strengthening the identity of Near East Christian communities and deepening Western Christian awareness and interest in Near East issues.

Farhad Rezaei


Farhad Rezaei is a senior research fellow at The Philos Project, where his work focuses on Iran and violations against religious minorities in the Middle East.

He is the author of numerous books and articles on Iran’s foreign and defense policies. His writings have appeared in the prestigious journals including the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Harvard Iran-Matters, Middle East Policy, the National Interest, Center for International Policy Studies (CIPS), Journal of International Affairs, the Hill, the Providence and BESA Center among others. His latest project is a book titled, Iran’s War on Israel: Taking Down the “Little Satan.”

Mina Abdelmalak


Mina was born and raised in Egypt and received a law degree from Ain Shams University in Egypt. He worked as a legal researcher for the Egyptian Union of Liberal Youth (EULY), a Cairo-based, non-profit organization, which promotes classical liberalism among Egyptian youth. He supervised a program within EULY on the status of Coptic Christians in Egypt.

Mina regularly speaks for and leads research initiatives with The Philos Project.

Khalil Sayegh


Khalil knows firsthand how hatred can blind us from seeing the humanity of the other. For this reason, he works diligently to change minds, by educating his fellow Palestinians as well as outside observers of the conflict, to strive to see the good in the other – whether Jewish, Christian, or Muslim.He recently completed his studies at Bethlehem Bible College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. 

Khalil Sayegh is currently pursuing a master's degree in Political Science at American University's School of Public Affairs through the Philos Project's Rami Ayyad Scholarship Program. 

Khalil's academic interests include the intersection of religion and politics in the Near East, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the future of religious minorities should the region shift toward democratization. 

Before moving to Washington DC, Khalil served as Philos' Advocacy Fellow in Palestine. He worked on various projects, including facilitating grassroots peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians and advocating for the rights of Gazan Christians. He also spoke to many Philos and Passages groups when they visited the West Bank. 

In his free time, Khalil enjoys talking to his friends in Palestine, going for walks, and reading about Christian theology.



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Van Der Megerdichian is a Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude graduate from UCLA, where he majored in history and minored in Armenian studies and was granted departmental honors in history for his thesis on the competing nationalisms and the overlapping conflict of interest between Armenians and Kurds over a common homeland. Van has interned at the Republic of Armenia’s Ministry of Economy and United Nations Secretariat in Yerevan, Armenia where he worked at the UNHCR and UNDP agencies.

He is currently a student at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, studying international finance and economic development. Van’s research focuses on Armenia and the diasporan Armenian transnation. Armenian history and studies is not only relegated to the Armenian Highlands, but across cities and capitals spanning various continents.



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Julie A. Tegho is a Lebanese researcher on Near East modern history with a special emphasis on Lebanon. She is finishing her doctorate in History at Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth on the Lebanese war (1975-1990). Her thesis focuses on the Battle of Zahle (April 1981- June 1981) and the experiences of Christians and the Lebanese Resistance against the Syrian Army presence in Lebanon.

Tegho’s research interests encompass the role of the church in Lebanon during the war, as well as the history of the Lebanese army and militants of the Lebanese Resistance. Her goal is to tell the oral history of the Lebanese wars from their vantage point, and to shed light on the untold stories of the Lebanese war.



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