Faysal Itani is a resident senior fellow with the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Itani is a Middle East analyst who focuses on the Levant, including Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. His expertise includes the conflict in Syria and its regional impact, sectarian politics, and political economy. Before joining the Atlantic Council, Itani worked as a risk analyst advising governments, corporations, and international organizations on political, economic, and security affairs in the region. Itani holds an MA in strategic studies and international economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a certificate in public policy from Georgetown University, and a BA in business from the American University of Beirut.