Kyle Haddad-Fonda studies the history of China’s ties to the Middle East. He holds a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His dissertation research examined relations between China and Egypt and between China and Algeria in the 1950s and 1960s, highlighting the roles of Chinese Muslims and Arab leftists in mediating those relationships. He has previously held positions at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, and the Center for Middle East Peace Studies at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

Haddad-Fonda is currently Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Nicholas Sparks Foundation, a non-profit organization based in New Bern, North Carolina, that promotes access to global learning for students around the United States, with a focus on underserved rural communities.

Last Updated: May 5, 2016

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