Carolyn Barnett is a research fellow with the Middle East Program at CSIS. Her primary research interests are in the politics, economics, and society of North Africa and the Gulf states. She also supports the Middle East Program’s projects related to changing relations between Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining CSIS, Ms. Barnett earned an M.Sc. in Middle East politics and an M.A. in Islamic studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where she studied as a Marshall scholar. She also spent a year as a graduate fellow in the Center for Arabic Study Abroad program at the American University in Cairo on a Fulbright scholarship. Ms. Barnett holds a B.S.F.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and is a former editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.