Charles W. Dunne is director of Middle East and North Africa programs at Freedom House. Prior to joining Freedom House, he spent 24 years as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving overseas in Cairo, Jerusalem, and Madras, India. In addition, he was Director for Iraq at the National Security Council from 2005-2007 and a Foreign Policy Adviser to the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy at the Joint Staff in the Pentagon (2007-2008). He also served as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, where he contributed to the development of presidential initiatives to advance political reform and democracy in the Broader Middle East and North Africa. He is a scholar with the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C., and a member of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.