Rania Abouzeid is an award-winning journalist covering the Middle East, with a focus on Syria. Her writing has appeared in Time, The New Yorker, Foreign Affairs, National Geographic, Politico, and many other outlets. She is also a television commentator on Mideast affairs and has given talks at Harvard, Princeton, the New America Foundation and a number of other institutions in the US and Europe. Her story on the roots of ISIS, "The Jihad Next Door," won the George Polk Award, the Michael Kelly Award, and the Frontline Club Award. A Lebanese-Australian, she lives in Beirut.