Center for Libyan American Strategic Studies

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President and Founder- Dr. Esam Omeish


Dr. Esam Omeish is a Libyan American medical doctor, political activist, and community leader. He is also the Vice President of the Board of the American Libyan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, President of the Libyan Emergency Task Force, and Political Director of the Libyan Council of North America.

Dr. Omeish works alongside many prominent Libyan American leaders, who share a passion for ameliorating the economic, political and social conditions in their home country, and their interest in improving American foreign policy towards Libya and, ultimately, the Middle East and North Africa region. This goal is what kindled the launching of CLASS.

Executive Director- Asma Rekik


Asma Rekik is a Tunisian American graduate of the University of Virginia. In 2012, she obtained a B.A. in Foreign Affairs, with the Middle East as her area of concentration. Asma Rekik became interested in the political, economic, and social development of the Middle East and North Africa after her participation in the Tunisian Revolution of 2011. Since then, she became active in mobilizing the civil society and youth of Tunisia, and has gained first-hand experience working with Tunisian political parties.

Advisory Board

Dr. Karim Mezran


Karim Mezran is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and Adjunct Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. In addition to teaching at SAIS, Karim Mezran was an assistant professor of political science at the John Cabot University and acted as a visiting professor at the Libera Università per gli Studi Sociali (LUISS) in Rome (2002). He received his Ph.D. in international relations at SAIS. He also holds a J.D. in comparative law from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Italy), a L.L.M. in Comparative Law from George Washington University (U.S.), a M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University (U.S.), and a B.A. in management, Hiram College (U.S.).


His most recent publications are: "Power Shifts in the Arab Spring: A Work in Progress", in Bologna Center Journal of International Affairs, vol. 15, 2012 (with Alice Alunni); Libia. Fine o rinascita di una nazione? Roma: Donzelli Editore 2012 (ed with Arturo Varvelli); “Libya’s wars”, in The American Interest, September/October 2011 issue; Negotiation and Construction of National Identities, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2007.

Ramzi Gerrbi


Ramzi Gerrbi was born and raised in Libya. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Libya in 1974. He fled to the United States and joined the opposition not long after Gaddafi took over Libya. During that time, he was able to travel to many countries around the world. Eventually, he returned to the United States where he completed his master’s degree in political science at the University of Dayton in 1978. Two years later, he completed his second master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Cincinnati. He taught for a while at the same university. Later on, he was involved in private business ventures while continuing his political and philosophical studies. He returned to Libya in 2008 to teach at the National African University of Libya and also the Libyan National Institute of management. He returned to the United States after the 2011 revolution and currently resides with his family in Virginia. Ramzi believes that a strong and strategic relation between the US and Libya is vital for the reconstruction, stability, survival and prosperity of Libya.