Maral Noori is a senior program specialist for North Africa programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), where she covers Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. As a member of the North Africa team, she travels to these countries to work directly with local governments and communities in building their capacities to prevent and mitigate local conflicts through institutional reforms, skills trainings and dialogues. Prior to her current position, Noori managed USIP's Track 1.5 dialogues program for the Asia-Pacific region, which convened current and former officials with partner organizations in China, Japan and South Korea to discuss political, security and economic issues affecting the region. Noori has also supported USIP’s analytical work on Iran, Afghanistan and conflict prevention, and assisted in the design and delivery of curriculum for USIP training courses on the Middle East and South Asia. She regularly works with partners across the U.S. government, U.S. military, the NGO community and internationally. Noori joined USIP in 2011. Noori holds a M.S. in Peace Operations from George Mason University and a B.A. in International  Relations from the College of William and Mary. She is fluent in Farsi.

Publications By Maral

Libya’s Civil War: Brewing Terrorism in Europe

Libya’s Civil War: Brewing Terrorism in Europe

Thursday, June 15, 2017

By: Edward Jackson; Maral Noori

When Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Libyan-British man, detonated a suicide bomb among concert-goers in Manchester last month, his attack was the latest of several linked to the Libyan chapter of the Islamic State. Abedi, born and raised in England, committed the attack days after returning from the last of several visits to Libya.

Violent Extremism; Democracy & Governance; Fragility and Resilience

Overcoming Barriers to U.S.-China Cooperation

Overcoming Barriers to U.S.-China Cooperation

Monday, August 24, 2015

By: Maral Noori; Daniel Jasper; Jason Tower

In 2011, U.S. president Barack Obama announced plans to "pivot" toward Asia. In 2012, Chinese president Xi Jinping expressed his hope for "a new type of relationship" with the United States. A lack of strategic trust between the two countries, however, prevents critically needed productive cooperation. This Peace Brief addresses the misunderstandings behind this mistrust and a possible way to move beyond them.

Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue

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