Dr. Hassan Abbas is a Distinguished Professor of International Relations at the Near East South Asia Strategic Studies Centre (NESA), National Defense University in Washington DC. He also serves as a senior advisor at Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. His current research work focuses on building narratives for countering political and religious extremism & rule of law reforms in developing states. He is the author of many books and his forthcoming book is titled, The Prophet’s Heir: The life and legacy of Ali ibn Abi Talib (Yale University Press, 2021). Dr. Abbas is also a member of the Board of Advisors at the Mainstay Foundation.