Ethan Chorin has spent much of the last 20 years working and traveling in the Middle East and Africa, as an economist, diplomat and writer. As a Foreign Service Officer, he was posted to Tripoli, Libya; Washington, D.C. and the United Arab Emirates.
In 2008 Chorin became head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Senior Manager for Communications at the multinational 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 was a Yale-SOM Social Enterprise Fellow, and cofounded the Avicenna Group to help build medical capacity in Eastern Libya.
Chorin holds a Ph.D. in Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.I.P.S. from Stanford University, and a B.A., with distinction, in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from Yale University. He is currently a Director at Berkeley Research Group, a law and economics consultancy, and founder of Perim Associates.
Chorin is also the the author of two books – Exit the Colonel: The Hidden History of The Libyan Revolution (Public Affairs, 2012); Translating Libya (Saqi, 2008); a monograph on the Dubai’s relationship with the African state of Djibouti, and a travelogue of Yemen and the Red Sea (unpublished). His editorials, features and comments have appeared in The New York Times, Foreignpolicy.com, The Financial Times, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst. He has been cited in and interview by publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek and TIME, and has appeared on CBS This Morning, C-SPAN Book TV, The War Room, NPR, and foreign radio.