Anne-Marie Codur has a PhD in Economics from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (France). Her fields of research include Population, Environment, and Sustainable Development in the developing world and particularly in North Africa and the Middle East. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies in 1996-97 and on the faculty at Northeastern University in 1997-98. Since 1997, she has also been Research Director at the Center for Higher Education in the Middle East. The goal of this non-profit organization is to foster coexistence and peace through education in the Middle East and North Africa by establishing a system of linked campuses through the region – the University of the Middle East – thus creating a permanent network for student and faculty exchange.