Nazih Richani is a specialist in international relations and comparative politics of Latin America and the Middle East. He was the recipient of three recent Fulbright grants that took him to El Salvador and Colombia. He has been commissioned by the World Bank and the United Nations to research such issues as democracy in the Arab world and the political economy of civil wars and organized crime. He also has written for the International Peace Academy, the Clingadael Institute for International Studies, the Social Science Research Council and the Swiss Peace Foundation.
Richani has written two books, Dilemmas of Democracy and Political Parties in Sectarian Societies: Lebanon 1949-1996 and Systems of Violence: The Political Economy of War and Peace in Colombia. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Conflict Studies, Journal of Latin American Politics and Society and Strategic Thought Quarterly. Richani also provides political commentary for newspapers, radio and television in Lebanon and Colombia.
Richani has a PhD in political science from George Washington University, with BA and MA degrees in international relations from American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He is currently an assistant professor and coordinator of Latin American studies and the foreign service program at Kean University in New Jersey. He also has taught at New York University, George Washington University and Andes University in Bogata, Colombia.