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William Mark Habeeb was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the son of a Lebanese immigrant father and a Cuban-American mother. He graduated from Georgetown (BA) and Johns Hopkins (MA, PhD) Universities; studied literature and philosophy in England; has traveled widely in Europe, West Africa, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union; and spent over 20 years as a writer and policy consultant in Washington, DC. Since 2001, he has taught at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. In 2016, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Habeeb to the Board of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Habeeb has written several books on international affairs, most recently, Middle East in Turmoil (Greenwood, 2012) and International Negotiation: Theory and Cases (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming 2021), as well as a series of YA books on world history and cultures. His fiction has appeared in the Berkeley Fiction Review and Broken Pencil. He recently completed studies in psychoanalytic theory at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife; their son lives in Brooklyn, NY.