SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Dr Ethan D. Chorin

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Dr Ethan D. Chorin
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Ethan Chorin is CEO of Perim Associates, a Middle East and Africa focused policy advisory firm. He is known as an expert on Libyan affairs and the application of technology to post-crisis economic development, He was also a US economic/commercial attaché in Tripoli from 2004-2006, and returned to Libya during the 2011 Revolution to help create local medical capacity in Benghazi. Prior to Perim. Chorin has been Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Dubai Ports World (2008-2011), a Senior Fellow at CSIS, and an e-business developer for Shell Oil.

Chorin is the author of two books on Libya, Exit the Colonel: the Hidden History of the Libyan Revolution (Public Affairs, 2012), and Translating Libya (Darf, 2015), a travelogue built around Chorin's translations of Libyan short stories.

Chorin's work has appeared in the New York Times, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and the BBC. Chorin has been a Fulbright fellow in Jordan (1993-1994), and a Fulbright Hays fellow in Yemen (1995-1997). He holds a Ph.D. in Agriculture and Development Economics from U.C. Berkeley (2000), a M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford University, and a BA in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from Yale (1991). He speaks Arabic, Farsi, French and Hebrew.



Technology and Post-Conflict development, Libya, U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East, Politics of the Red Sea/Horn of Africa