Bassam Haddad is Director of the Middle East Studies Program at George Mason University (http://mes.gmu.edu/) and Visiting Professor at Georgetown University. He serves as Founding Editor of the Arab Studies Journal (www.arabstudiesjournal.org), a peer-reviewed research publication and is co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film, About Baghdadl (www.aboutbaghdad.com), and director of a film series on “Arabs and Terrorism” (www.arabsandterrorism.com). He just completed his book on Syria’s political economy, titled “The Political Economy of Regime Security: State-Business Networks in Syria,” (Forthcoming, Stanford University Press, 2011). Bassam recently directed a new film series on Arab/Muslim immigrants in Europe, titled The “Other” Threat (www.TheOtherThreat.com). He also serves on the Editorial Committee of Middle East Report (http://www.merip.org/).