Rafiah Al Talei

Acting Editor-in-Chief, Sada
Middle East Program

Rafiah Al Talei is the acting editor-in-chief for Sada in Carnegie’s Middle East Program.

Rafiah Al Talei is the acting editor in chief for Sada in Carnegie’s Middle East Program, where her research focuses on civil rights, women’s issues, and political developments in the Gulf. She has over twenty-five years of experience in Omani and international media networks, and most recently held the position of senior producer in the Public Liberties and Human Rights Center at Al Jazeera Media Network. 

Al Talei also has held fellowships at Stanford University, Syracuse University, and the National Endowment for Democracy. She has conducted research on women’s issues with Freedom House and with the International Council for Research and Exchange (IREX). She is a former candidate for parliament in Oman (Majlis Al-Shura) and frequently speaks on media freedom and women’s empowerment in the Gulf. 

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Education

Ph.D., Gulf Studies, Qatar University
MA, Arabic Literature, Sultan Qaboos University
BA, Mass Communication and Journalism, Sultan Qaboos University

Languages
  • Arabic
  • English

Sada is an online journal rooted in Carnegie’s Middle East Program that seeks to foster and enrich debate about key political, economic, and social issues in the Arab world and provides a venue for new and established voices to deliver reflective analysis on these issues.

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