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Isobel Coleman
Isobel Coleman is Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where she focuses on the Middle East and South Asia. She also directs the Council's Civil Society, Markets and Democracy Program. Her areas of expertise include democratization, economic development, gender issues,... show more

Isobel Coleman is Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where she focuses on the Middle East and South Asia. She also directs the Council's Civil Society, Markets and Democracy Program. Her areas of expertise include democratization, economic development, gender issues, educational reform, and the political economy of the Middle East. She is the author and co-author of numerous publications, including Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East (Random House, 2010), Restoring the Balance: A Middle East Strategy for the Next President (Brookings Institution Press, 2008) and Strategic Foreign Assistance: Civil Society in International Security (Hoover Press, 2006). Her writings have also appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, and regularly in online venues such as CNN.com and TheAtlantic.com. She is the author of the blog "Democracy in Development," and is a frequent speaker at academic, business, and policy conferences. In 2011, Newsweek named her one of the "150 Women Who Shake the World."Prior to joining the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Coleman was CEO of a healthcare services company and a partner with McKinsey & Co. in New York. A Marshall Scholar, she holds a DPhil and MPhil in international relations from Oxford University and a BA in public policy and East Asian studies from Princeton University. She serves on several non-profit boards, including Plan USA and Student Sponsor Partners, and lives in the New York area with her husband and children. You can follow her on Twitter @Isobel_Coleman.
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Feminism in Cold Storage
Feminism in Cold Storage rated it 4 years ago
From the beginning, it's clear that this book is just a few years old. The foreword even includes that there have been progresses and setbacks since it's initial publication. Still, it's worth reading for anyone concerned about what's happening in the Middle East, worldwide women's rights, worldwide...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it 9 years ago
Isobel Coleman is senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (an independent, non-partisan organization not affiliated with the U.S. Govt.). This book is the result of nearly a decade of travel, study, interviews, and writing about women in the Middle East. Paradise Be...
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