ethan-chorin-updatedEthan Chorin has spent more than 20 years living and working in the Middle East and Africa, as a diplomat and government relations executive. He is currently the CEO of Perim Associates, LLC, providing economic analysis, expert testimony and policy consulting to law firms, companies and governments.  A two-time Fulbright Fellow (Yemen, Jordan), Chorin holds a PhD in Agriculture & Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA from Stanford in International Policy Studies, and a BA from Yale in Near Eastern Languages. Chorin is the author of two books: Exit the Colonel: The Hidden History of the Libyan Revolution (2012, PublicAffairs), and Translating Libya: In Search of the Libyan Short Story (2015 Darf Books). His features and OpEds have appeared in a range of international publications including The New York Times, Forbes, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy,  The Financial Times, Prospect Magazine, and Words Without Borders. He has appeared on The CBS Morning News, BBC Newsday, CNBC,  Newsmax, C-SPAN Book TV, and NPR.

As a U.S. diplomat (2004-2008) Chorin was posted to Tripoli, Libya; Washington, D.C. and the United Arab Emirates.  From 2008-2011, he was head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sr. Manager for Government Relations at Dubai Ports World, where he brokered a Global Development Alliance between Dubai Ports, the government of Djibouti and USAID, and oversaw content for a 2011 U.N.-sponsored conference on Counter Piracy. He has been a Yale-SOM Social Enterprise Fellow, a non resident fellow at the Dubai School of Government, and is cofounder of the Avicenna Foundation, which funds health and environment projects in Africa and the Middle East.

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Book Reviews

Exit the Colonel

“Of all the accounts written so far about Libya’s revolution, none can match Chorin’s sophisticated and penetrating analysis of the country and of its former quixotic ruler. An insider’s account, Exit the Colonel details the events leading up to the revolution, and reveals the larger context within which Libya’s uprising eventually took shape. Relying on an unmatched variety of sources and on extensive in-country experience, Chorin’s book will undoubtedly remain the best analytical work on Libya and its revolution for a very long time.”
— Dirk Vandewalle, professor of government, Dartmouth College and author of A History of Modern Libya

Exit the Colonel goes well beyond recent reporting on the Arab Spring to link the Libyan uprising to a flawed reform process, egregious human rights abuses, regional disparities, and inconsistent stories spun by Libya and the West to justify the Gaddafi regime’s “rehabilitation.”

The book provides rare and often startling glimpses into the strategies and machinations that brought Gaddafi in from the cold, while encouraging ordinary Libyans to “break the barrier of fear.”

Translating Libya: The Modern Libyan Short Story

“Translating Libya: The Modern Libyan Short Story” defies being pigeon-holed within a particular genre. At its heart are 16 Libyan short stories newly translated by Chorin (in three cases jointly with Basem Tulti). But the book is at the same time a delightful mixture of travelogue, scholarly study, and a record of personal encounters.
— Susannah Tarbush, Qantara

Ethan Chorin’s “Translating Libya” provides a rare opportunity to experience the culture of this land about which we read so much in the daily newspapers but understand so little.

Part anthology, part eyewitness-history, Translating Libya presents the country through the eyes of sixteen short story writers and one American diplomat.