Marina Ottaway began her research activity with a Ph.D. from Columbia University. She worked for 14 years at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, playing a central role in launching the Middle East Program. She also taught at Georgetown University, the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, the American University in Cairo, the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, the University of Zambia, and Addis Ababa University. She is author of many publications, the most recent being Getting to Pluralism, co-authored with Amr Hamzawy and Yemen on the Brink, co-edited with Christopher Boucek. She is currently Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center.