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Marina Lorenzini is the Research Program Coordinator with the Middle East Initiative (MEI). In this role, she is responsible for MEI research programs, which include several fellowship programs, faculty and student research grants, and MEI publications and policy reports. Alongside MTA Associate Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, Marina led the Belfer Center's Iran Working Group. Her research focuses on the nuclear energy industry, critical infrastructure vulnerabilities, and sanctions across the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf regions. She has published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Lawfare, and the National Interest. Previously at the Belfer Center, she was the Project Coordinator with the Project on Managing the Atom (2022-2023).

Prior to joining the Belfer Center, she held positions at McLarty Associates, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School, and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Marina holds a M.A. in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She wrote her thesis on Russian-Turkey energy trade, with a focus on the Akkuyu nuclear power plant. She earned her B.A. from Franklin University Switzerland as well as an Arabic Language and Linguistics Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh. Having used the languages extensively throughout her career, she is a fluent Italian speaker, with advanced proficiency in Arabic (MSA and Levantine dialect), and has a strong proficiency in Latin and Persian translation.

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