Manal Omar is director of Iraq and Iran Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Previously, Ms. Omar was regional program manager for the Middle East for Oxfam--Great Britain, where she responded to humanitarian crises in Yemen, Palestine and Lebanon. She worked with Women for Women International as regional coordinator for Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan. She has carried out training programs in Yemen, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Sudan, Lebanon, and Occupied Palestinian Territories, among others. Ms. Omar is on the board of directors of Women Without Borders. She is the author of Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity--My Own and What it Means to Be a Woman in Chaos (Sourcebooks Inc., 2010). Ms. Omar holds an M.A. in Arab studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in international relations from George Mason University.