Annelle Sheline Re-Joins the Quincy Institute


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Following her resignation from the State Department over the Biden’s administration Gaza war policies, Annelle Sheline has returned to the Quincy Institute (QI) as a Middle East Research Fellow.

“I am thrilled to return to the Quincy Institute,” Sheline said. “I look forward to working with QI to push the U.S. toward a different role in the Middle East and the world. The region does not need more arms sales — but it does need more peace and stability. The first, most urgent step is ending U.S. support for Israel’s unconscionable slaughter in Gaza.”

Sheline is an expert on religious and political authority in the Middle East and North Africa. She is currently completing a book manuscript on the strategic use of moderate Islam in the Arab monarchies since 9/11, focusing on the cases of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman. She also serves as a non-resident fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and at the Arab Center of Washington DC. 

Prior to joining the State Department in March 2023, Sheline served as a Research Fellow at the Quincy Institute since 2020, the organization’s first year. She previously spent time as a journalist in Egypt and Yemen. Sheline received her PhD from George Washington University department of political science in 2018.

“Annelle’s return could not come at a more critical time”, said Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President at the Quincy Institute. “An outstanding scholar and principled skeptic of American status quo policies in the Middle East, Annelle’s return is a real boon to our Middle East team.”