Hussein Kalout is a political scientist, research scholar at Harvard University, and his research interests and expertise includes Middle Eastern geopolitics, decision making in foreign policy, international security, armed movements, and terrorism in the Islamic world. Previously, Mr. Kalout has occupied prominent positions in the Brazilian public administration. He worked as senior consultant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the Director-General of Department for International Affairs of the Brazilian Supreme Court. Most recently, Mr. Kalout was Secretary-General of the Latin American and European Union Joint Commission on International Legal Cooperation and acted as senior consultant of the UN Development Program and for the World Bank. He directed several programs related to international cooperation with countries in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East on matters concerning democratization, nation-building, modernization, and legal public policies. As a specialist on Brazilian foreign policy and Middle Eastern affairs, Mr. Kalout collaborates as a special counselor with the Brazil’s Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and with the Ministry of Defense on the Brazilian Maritime Task Force (MTF) of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Additionally, Mr. Kalout is a professor and director of the Program on Middle Eastern and Islamic studies held by the Brazilian Diplomatic Academy. He has authored numerous Op-ed, articles, and papers in scientific journals including the Foreign Affairs, Harvard International Review, Brazilian Journal on Foreign Policy, and he is a frequent contributor in the media. Currently, Mr. Kalout is a research scholar at the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard International Review, and Senior Associate Fellow (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Mr. Kalout is fully fluent in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic.