RESEARCH FELLOWS

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

SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW, LEBANON

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 Charles Malik’s archives at the Library of Congress in Washington and works on preparing for publication a massive unpublished diary by same.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edition 2000); Islamism and the Future of Christians in the Middle East (2010); edited and published the hitherto unpublished work by Charles Malik entitled The Systems of Whitehead’s Metaphysics (2016).

JULIE A. TEGHO

SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW, LEBANON

julie@philosproject.org

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.

ALEXANDRA TAWAIFI

SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW, SYRIA

alexandra@philosproject.org

Alexandra serves as a Syria Research Fellow at The Philos Project. She holds a BA in international law and a MA in human rights from Uppsala University. During her studies she served as Syria researcher for the World Council of Arameans, and represented them at the UN headquarters in New York and at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Alexandra's research at Philos focuses on the unique contribution of Orthodox leaders in modern Near Eastern history and their distinctive "in-between" identity compared to other Christian communities in the region. She has a series in the Catholic News Agency called "Syria's Hidden Victims" where she collects stories of Syrian Christians who have survived the brutality of the war.

VAN DER MEGERDICHIAN

RESEARCH FELLOW, ARMENIA

van@philosproject.org

Van Der Megerdichian monitors and summarizes the most pressing news coming from Armenia each week for The Philos Project's Jaffa Gate website.

He 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.

LIRON SHILO

RESEARCH FELLOW, ISRAEL

liron@philosproject.org

Liron Shilo monitors and summarizes the most pressing news coming from Israel each week for The Philos Project's Jaffa Gate website.

He is a Visiting Researcher with the Abba Eban Institute and a Senior Editor of The Arena Journal on Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, at IDC. He is in the final stages of his Doctorate at Georgetown University Law Center. Formerly, he was a Resident Fellow with Yale Law School’s Information Society. His research interests are diplomatic counterterrorism in the Middle East and the international regulation of disruptive technologies.

Liron has an international disputes consultancy practice, where he advises on international arbitrations and matters concerning international law. He also served as an Assistant State Attorney at the Israeli Ministry of Justice, Department of International Affairs. Liron holds an LL.M in national security law from Georgetown University Law Center (Distinction and Dean’s list), an LL.B from the College of Management and Academic Studies, and he is a certified mediator. 

CHRISTIANNA KONTOU

RESEARCH FELLOW, GREECE

christianna@philosproject.org

Christianna Kontou monitors and summarizes the most pressing news coming from Greece each week for The Philos Project's Jaffa Gate website.

She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles-based organization, American Hellenic Council, which is a non-partisan political advocacy organization. The organization’s goal is to promote democracy, human rights, peace, and stability in Southern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, with an emphasis on Greece and Cyprus, by informing the American public and the government about ongoing issues and conflicts in the area.

Previously, Christianna has worked for Prime Minister George Papandreou in the Prime Minister’s Communication and Strategy Department and the Greek National Tourism Organization.

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