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

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

The Latest on Iran’s Evolving Protests

The Latest on Iran’s Evolving Protests

Thursday, January 16, 2020

By: Garrett Nada; Maria J. Stephan

Iran has been rocked by a series of developments in recent months, from the mass protests over raised fuel prices to the killing of powerful Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. Over the weekend, protesters returned to the streets, spurred by the military’s mistaken downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet. As in past protests, like 2009, the government has met demonstrators with a draconian and violent response. USIP’s Garrett Nada and Maria Stephan explain how the protests have evolved over time and how demonstrators could use nonviolent tactics against the repressive regime.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Democracy & Governance; Nonviolent Action

As Iraq Prepares for Elections, Iran's Influence Looms Large

As Iraq Prepares for Elections, Iran's Influence Looms Large

Monday, May 7, 2018

By: Sarhang Hamasaeed; Dr. Elie Abouaoun; Garrett Nada

Tehran’s interventions in conflicts throughout the Middle East have become a particular point of contention for detractors of the Iran Deal, which placed constraints on the country's nuclear program without addressing its role in Syria, Yemen, and across the region. There is no place Iranian influence has played a more conspicuous role than in neighboring Iraq.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Democracy & Governance; Conflict Analysis & Prevention

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