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Program Coordinator and Arabic Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Florida. 


  • Egypt
  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • Political Science - International Relations (IR)
  • Defense, Intelligence, and Security
  • Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL)
  • Grant Management


Hashem Zanaty is a political scientist. His research focuses on defense and security in the Middle East and North Africa. He is currently the program coordinator of a US$1.25 million grant to study factors affecting political reform and stability in the African Sahel. The award is part of the Minerva Research Initiative, a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored, university-based social science research initiative focusing on areas of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. Prior to this award, Zanaty managed a $600K USAID-sponsored grant and worked for the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and Philips Electronics in Dubai. He received his M.Sc. in International Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, which was ranked the top business school in Scotland in 2008. He is currently completing his M.A. in Political Science - International Relations at the University of Florida. 

Zanaty is a Chevening scholarship alumnus, a prestgious award program funded by the British government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for graduate students who can demonstrate their potential as future leaders. He was also awarded a two-year, US$60K full scholarship by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to represent Egypt at the United World College (UWC) in Canada. Zanaty speaks native Arabic, near-native English and advanced French. He travels extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East. He is available for interviews and can be contacted at or Tel. +1 (352) 256-0926.

Recent  Research Projects:

  • Influences on regime formation in the Nile Basin

  • Islamists and security sector reform (SSR) in Egypt

  • Gramscian-inspired analysis in international relations

  • Book review: Miran, J. (2009). Red Sea Citizens: Cosmopolitan Society and Cultural Change in Massawa.


Research Question

My research question is "how does the American defense business sector conduct sales and marketing activities in the Middle East and North Africa?".


The purpose of answering this question is to test the following hypotheses:

1. There are lucrative and sustainable consulting opportunities for Arabic speakers with defense businesses.

2. Consulting for defense businesses is an optimal use of my combined skill set in political science + international marketing.

3. Tampa is a center for defense businesses with Mid-East operations because US Central Command and US Special Ops Commands are located there.

4. There are some processes delegated, contracted out to Arabic Speakers in defense business that are interesting, balanced in terms of quantitative-qualitative tasks, amenable to flexible work hours, and involve about 25% travel to the Middle East



"Defense Spending." Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History. Ed. Thomas Carson and Mary Bonk. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 1999. 232-233. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 29 Jan. 2013.

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