Nagwan Soliman is an affiliate scholar at Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She specializes in women and peace process, sectarian tensions between Muslims and Christians in the Arab region, radicalization of youth, and democratization in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. A regional trainer in conflict and peace studies, Soliman has trained activists from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen. Soliman has contributed to design early warning and rapid response networks and dialogue processes in many counties in the MENA region. She is the founder of Talaqi Initiative for Dialogue and Democracy.
As a Radcliffe fellow, Soliman is working on a research project about engineering transitional periods after the national crises. The main question of the research is, “How have some countries engineered their transitional periods and post-conflict eras?”
Soliman earned her PhD in social and political sciences from the European University Institute, in Italy, and her master’s in political science from Cairo University. She has received doctoral fellowships from the European University Institute and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. She was a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, a doctoral fellow of the Middle East Directions Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, and a visiting fellow at the Institute of International Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Freie Universität Berlin, and the University of Amsterdam. Soliman was also a project manager at the Institut Religioscope, in Switzerland.