Dr. R.S. Zaharna is an associate professor in Public Communications at the American University in Washington. Her research and professional interests focus on public diplomacy, intercultural and international public communication, with a specialization in American and Arab cross-cultural communication. She has advised on communication projects for the United Nations, the World Bank, and USAID, and has been invited on numerous occasions by the U.S. Congress to testify on U.S. public diplomacy in the Arab and Islamic world. She is currently a Middle East analyst for the online think tank Foreign Policy in Focus.