Assistant Director for Political and Congressional Affairs at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
Manal Radwan worked as the Assistant Director for Political and Congressional Affairs at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia. She served as a member of the Saudi Interministerial Committee dealing with child custody cases. Previously, she was the Research Director and Senior Congressional Liaison in the Information and Congressional Affairs office at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia (1998-2002). Ms. Radwan is a stern advocate of human rights and has an extensive experience in foreign policy and cross-cultural research and analysis, designing cross-cultural conflict-preventing as well as conflict-resolving process and systems, and training in cross-cultural issues relevant to policy makers, public and private officials and citizen leaders. She is a member of the Global Core Team of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (Human DHS) at Columbia University and has been addressing a wide number of topics including Islamic civilization and modernization, social change, reform and resistance, religious and cultural diversity, public diplomacy, gender, and international child custody. In these capacities, she has worked with international and national organizations both in the public and private sectors like The Department of State, The Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institution, Exxon-Mobil, Disney, Transcultural Educational Center, Great Decisions, and others. Ms. Radwan represented the Government of Saudi Arabia in her testimony to Congress in regard to international child custody on 9 July 2003. She has also led a number of congressional briefings with members of Congress and their professional staff. Ms. Radwan was invited as a speaker in a number of international and national conferences including the first World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, National Council on US-Arab Relations, Women's Federation for World Peace, Business Women's Network, and the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California. She has also presented working papers in a number of American universities including Georgetown University, George Mason University, La Salle University, American University, and the Corcoran School of Arts. She has been interviewed in a number of national and local television networks (including Worth Hearing with Edward Turzanski and C-SPAN). Born in Ankara, Turkey, and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, she is a Saudi national. She has received her B.A. (1993) and Master's in International Political Science (1996) from George Washington University. In addition, she finished a Master's in World Politics (2000) from the Catholic University of America. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the George Mason University. The title of her thesis is "Jihadist Narratives: Human Rights, Humiliation and the Politics of the Other."