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Steve Grand is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and a visiting professor at the University of Utrecht and the Free University in Amsterdam. He was previously the executive director of the Middle East Strategy Task Force, chaired by Madeleine Albright and Stephen Hadley, at the Atlantic Council. He is the author of Understanding Tahrir Square: What Transitions Elsewhere Can Teach Us about the Prospects for Arab Democracy. For more than six years, he directed the Brookings' Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World. Before coming to Brookings, he was director of the Middle East Strategy Group at the Aspen Institute. Prior to that, Grand served as adjunct professor at Syracuse University's Maxwell School and was a scholar-in-residence at American University in Washington, DC. From 2002 to 2003, he was an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also served as the director of programs at the German Marshall Fund, a professional staff member for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the founding executive director of the Civic Education Project. He received a Ph.D. in International Relations from Harvard University and a B.A. in Government from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar. He serves on the boards of the Project on Middle East Democracy and Foreign Policy for America. He is a 2000 Henry Crown Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.