Charles W. Dunne is a former US diplomat. He was Foreign Policy Adviser to the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy at the Joint Staff in the Pentagon (2007-2008), and Director for Iraq at the National Security Council from 2005-2007. He also served as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, where he contributed to the development of Bush administration initiatives to advance political reform and democracy in the Broader Middle East and North Africa. After leaving government, he was Freedom House’s Director for Middle East and North Africa programs, where he focused on human rights and democracy promotion in the region. He is currently a non-resident fellow at the Arab Center Washington D.C. and a scholar with the Middle East Institute, also in Washington.