SUZIE LAHOUD is a second-year master’s candidate at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University graduating magna cum laude with a double major in Middle Eastern Studies and Russian. She additionally holds a Master of Religion in Middle Eastern and North African Studies from IMES. Suzie lived in Lebanon for seven years, the last four of which were spent working as a programme officer at MERATH, the relief and community development branch of the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD). At this time, she managed projects responding to the urgent needs of refugees, internally displaced people and at-risk populations in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. Boston-born, Suzie grew up in Central Asia, and speaks fluent Russian and Arabic. She currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband of six years, Marvin Lahoud. She wrote the case studies in chapter 6.