Zack Gold is a Non-resident Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, where he focuses on Egyptian political and security developments and US policy in the region. His work on Sinai security and Egyptian-Israeli relations has been published and quoted widely, including the 2015 Strategic Assessment article, “Sinai Militancy and the Threat to International Forces”; the 2014 ICCT Research Paper, “Security in the Sinai: Present and Future”; and the 2013 Brookings’s Saban Center Analysis Paper, “Sinai Security: Opportunities for Unlikely Cooperation Among Egypt, Israel, and Hamas”. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, he was a visiting fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv and was a researcher at The Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy. Gold earned his M.A. in law and diplomacy from The Fletcher School, Tufts University; and his B.A. in political science and communication from the University of Delaware. He twice received the Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Oman and Egypt, and also studied Arabic at The American University in Cairo.
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