Benjamin Kweskin specializes in Middle East-U.S. foreign policy and international studies. He has been researching and writing academically and journalistically for more than 15 years and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, North Africa and beyond. In 2013-2014, he lived in the Kurdistan Region for a year as an educator, lecturer, journalist and tour guide. He was also the primary historical researcher for the official Kurdistan Region Tour Guide. He was also senior editor and policy writer for Kurdistan24 English. He holds two masters of arts degrees (international studies and political science).