Ethan 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.