In the latest episode of Facing the Middle East With Felice Friedson, Dr. Rana Al-Khalifa speaks on her role at the Bahraini Foreign Ministry, women’s rights and empowerment in the country and the wider region, the Abraham Accords, and approach to the COVID-19 crisis.
Born in 1973, Al-Khalifa was appointed undersecretary of Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2017.
Prior to that, from 2011, Al-Khalifa served as the ministry’s assistant undersecretary for Arab and Afro-Asian Affairs and organizations.
She previously participated in several bilateral and multilateral meetings at the United Nations and various international organizations, such as the Asian Cooperation Forum, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), including meetings between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and GCC member states.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in international relations and a Master’s degree in peace and conflict resolution from American University in Washington, D.C., and a doctorate in international law from the University of Exeter in England.