Will Todman is a fellow in the Middle East Program at CSIS. His research focuses on humanitarian issues, displacement, and conflict in the Middle East, with an emphasis on the Levant. He has conducted field research in seven countries across the Middle East and North Africa, and his analysis has been published in peer-reviewed journals, by think tanks, and humanitarian organizations.
Will has briefed U.S. officials at the Department of Defense, Department of State, and various intelligence agencies, UN Security Council members, and foreign diplomats. Outside of Washington, he has delivered presentations on the Middle East to audiences from Montana to Tokyo. He has also commented in print and on live television to various outlets, including the BBC, CBS, CNN, and the Washington Post. Will previously lived in Beirut, where he worked at the British embassy and for the office of the UN special envoy to Syria. He co-founded and runs KAMA DC, a nonprofit that works with refugees and immigrants. Will holds a B.A. in Arabic and modern Hebrew from Oxford University and an M.A. in Arab studies with a certificate in refugee and humanitarian emergencies from Georgetown University, where he studied Persian intensively.