Azzedine Layachi, PhD. is Professor of Government and Politics at St. John’s University. His research interests include economic development, political change, political Islam, Middle East politics, African politics, and politics of ethnicity. He is the author of several books, journal articles and book chapters. His books include The United States and North Africa: A Cognitive Approach to Foreign Policy; Economic Crisis and Political Change in North Africa; State, Society and Liberalization in Morocco: The Limits of Associative Life; and Global Studies: The Middle East. He contributed a number of articles to Arab Studies Quarterly, Middle East Quarterly, the Journal of North African Studies, The Middle East Report and Information Project, Mediterranean Politics, Middle East Insight and Foreign Affairs. He is member of the Executive Board of the American Institute of Maghribi Studies (AIMS) and of the Advisory Boardof the Maghreb Center (Washington, D.C.). He is former President of the Northeastern Political Science Association and of the New York State Political Science Association. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Institut des Etudes Politiques of the University of Algiers, Algeria, and a Master's Degree and a Ph.D. in International Affairs from New York University.