Dr. Ethan Chorin Founding Partner and Director

    Political Economy, Economic Development Strategies, Strategic Communication
    Libya, Yemen, UAE, Qatar, The African Horn

Ethan Chorin (Arabic, French, Farsi) is Perim Associates’ Founding Partner.  From 2008 to 2011, he was Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sr. Manager for Government Relations and Communications at Dubai Ports World (DP World).  As a U.S. diplomat from 2004 to 2006, Chorin was posted to Libya as commercial attaché, Washington D.C., and then the United Arab Emirates.  He has been an e-business developer at Shell Oil, and a Director at the Berkeley Research Group, and was a member of the Obama Campaign’s 2008 Foreign Policy Advisory Group covering Libya and Iran.  Chorin is the author of two books, Exit the Colonel: the Hidden History of the Libyan Revolution (PublicAffairs, 2012), and Translating Libya (Darf, 2015).  A two-time Fulbright fellow (Jordan, Yemen), Chorin received a Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State for his support to U.S. business in Libya, and a Sinclaire Award for language achievement in Farsi. Chorin’s work on Libya, the Gulf, Iran, and Africa has written for numerous publications, including The Financial Times, The New York Times, Foreign AffairsForbes, Foreign Policy, Prospect, Words Without Borders and Jane’s Islamic Analyst. Chorin has been a regular commentator on Libya for the BBC, and appeared on CNN, NPR, CBS, Canal+, and others. Chorin has been Nonresident Fellow at the Dubai School of Government, Social Enterprise Fellow at Yale University School of Management, a Director at the Berkeley Research Group and is currently a non-resident research associate at SOAS in London. Chorin holds a PhD from U.C. Berkeley in Agricultural and Resource Economics (2000), an MIPS from Stanford University and a BA from Yale, cum laude, with distinction in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures.