Ethan Chorin has spent much of the last 20 years working and traveling in the Middle East and Africa, as an economist, diplomat and author Exit the Colonel: The Hidden History of The Libyan Revolution (Public Affairs, 2012); Translating Libya (Saqi, 2008). He is currently Managing Director at Perim Associates, a Middle East and Africa-focused law and economics consultancy.
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.
Chorin holds a Ph.D. in Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford University, and a B.A., with distinction, in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from Yale University. 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, the New Yorker, and TIME, and has appeared on CBS This Morning, C-SPAN Book TV, The War Room, NPR, The BBC, and a range of international programs.