Garrett Nada is a program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace in the Center for Middle East & Africa. In this capacity, he writes, edits and researches for two ongoing projects. “The Iran Primer” website provides objective analysis on Iran’s politics, economy, military, foreign policy and nuclear program. “The Islamists: Who They Really Are” website surveys the rise of Islamist groups in the wake of the Arab uprisings. Nada liaisons with contributors to the websites, coordinates with media partners and promotes new articles on social media. He co-authored a Peace Brief on challenges in the Middle East in 2013.

Nada has field experience in the West Bank and Israel. In 2011, he taught English to Palestinian college and high school students through the Sharek Youth Forum in Ramallah and Nablus. During graduate school, he interned at the Brookings Institution, the U.S. Senate, Partners for Democratic Change and the Council for a Community of Democracies. Nada also conducted a field study of USAID’s impact in the Palestinian Territories.

Nada received an M.A. in Middle East Studies from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in 2012. In summer 2011, Nada studied Arabic at Birzeit University in the West Bank. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University in 2010 and wrote a thesis on Bedouin student identity. He is proficient in Arabic and Hebrew.

Publications By Garrett

What You Need to Know About Iran’s Election and New President

What You Need to Know About Iran’s Election and New President

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

By: Garrett Nada

Hard-liner Ebrahim Raisi won Iran's presidential election amid a historically low turnout on June 18. He will be inaugurated in early August and have significant influence over domestic policy and foreign affairs, although Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the ultimate say. Raisi’s election comes as the Biden administration is working with other major powers to bring the United States and Iran into full compliance to the 2015 nuclear deal, which the president-elect has expressed interest in reviving to take advantage of its economic benefits. USIP’s Garrett Nada looks at the implications of Raisi’s election victory and what it could mean for the Islamic Republic’s ties to the outside world.  

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Democracy & Governance

What You Need to Know about Iran’s Coronavirus Crisis

What You Need to Know about Iran’s Coronavirus Crisis

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

By: Garrett Nada

Iran’s outbreak has been the worst in the Middle East by far and there are concerns that the pandemic’s spread is significantly worse than reported by Iranian authorities. The virus hit at a particularly bad time for Iran with the economy already suffering from the impact of U.S. sanctions. USIP’s Garrett Nada discusses the debate over the number of cases, Tehran’s decision to ease containment measures, and whether the coronavirus crisis could open the door to de-escalation with the United States.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Fragility & Resilience; Global Health

Iran’s Parliamentary Polls: Hardliners on the Rise, Reformists Ruled Out

Iran’s Parliamentary Polls: Hardliners on the Rise, Reformists Ruled Out

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

By: Garrett Nada

Iranians head to the polls on February 21 to elect their next parliament. Following the violent suppression of protests in November and the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January, many are deeply disillusioned with Iran’s political system. Most reformist candidates have been barred from competing in the election, leaving voters with virtually no alternative to hardliners. The elections come as U.S.-Iran tensions are simmering after the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and as the country’s economy is foundering. USIP’S Garrett Nada looks at what issues are on the top of voters’ minds and how foreign policy will factor into the vote.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Democracy & Governance

View All