Project Director Omar S. Dahi is a research associate at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and associate professor of economics at Hampshire College. He has published in academic outlets such as the Journal of Development Economics, Applied Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Political Geography, Middle East Report, Forced Migration Review, and Critical Studies on Security. His last book was South-South Trade and Finance in the 21st Century: Rise of the South or a Second Great Divergence (co-authored with Firat Demir). From 2014-2018 Dahi served as a Lead Expert on the UN ESCWA's National Agenda for the Future of Syria program. He is a co-founder and coordinator of the Beirut School of Critical Security Studies and the Latin East initiative. Dahi is the project director of Security in Context.