Will Todman

Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Middle East Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Will Todman is the deputy director and senior fellow in the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Since joining CSIS in 2016, his research has focused on aid, sustainability, and displacement in the Middle East, with an emphasis on the Levant. He has conducted field research in ten countries across the Middle East and North Africa, and his analysis has been published by a wide range of outlets, including peer reviewed journals and the Washington Post. Will has briefed numerous U.S. officials, the UN Security Council, and foreign governments on his research and he regularly comments to the media. Will previously lived in Beirut, where he worked at the British embassy and for the office of the UN special envoy to Syria. He cofounded KAMA DC, a nonprofit that works with refugees and immigrants, and led the organization for seven years. Will holds a BA in Arabic and modern Hebrew from Oxford University and an MA in Arab studies from Georgetown University, where he studied Persian intensively. He also speaks French and Spanish.