Lana Baydas is senior associate (non-resident) with the Human Rights Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She was formerly a senior fellow with the Human Rights Initiative at CSIS, where she led research and policy efforts related to closing civic space. With intensive experience working in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Dr. Baydas has led policy dialogue and capacity building initiatives and established strategic partnerships that addressed human rights and gender equality, holding posts at headquarters and in field operations with the United Nations, Crisis Action, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Additionally, she has served in academic roles, teaching graduate courses in international human rights law and international humanitarian law at the American University in Cairo (AUC). She has authored and coauthored multiple publications on human rights, closing civic space, and gender equality. Dr. Baydas holds a Ph.D. and LL.M. in public international law from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and a B.A. in political science from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.