Geneive Abdo, fellow at the Stimson Center's Middle East Program and non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution joined IRIS in May 2015 for a short-term fellowship while she conducts research for her upcoming book with Oxford University Press on changes in sectarian attitudes since the Arab uprisings of 2011. She also delivered a lecture on her research at AUIS. Ms. Abdo was formerly the liaison officer for the Alliance of Civilizations, a United Nations initiative established by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, which aims to improve relations between Islamic and Western societies. Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. Abdo was a foreign correspondent in the Middle East and Muslim World for over 20 years, writing for such publications as The Guardian, The Economist, and The International Herald Tribune. She was the first American journalist to be based in Tehran since the United States cut off ties with Iran in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Ms. Abdo publishes widely. Her most recent publication, "Salafists and Sectarianism: Twitter and Communal Conflict in the Middle East” is her latest in a monograph series published by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. She is author of three books: No God But God: Egypt and the Triumph of Islam, 1994-1998 (Oxford University Press, 2000), Answering Only to God: Faith and Freedom in Twenty-First Century Iran, 1999-2002 (Henry Holt, 2003), and Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America After 9/11, 2004-2006, (Oxford University Press, 2006).