Helena Cobban is a writer and researcher on global affairs. She's a Contributing Editor of Boston Review and writes a weekly news analysis on Middle East affairs for Inter-Press service (archived here). From 1990 through 2007, she wrote a regular column for The Christian Science Monitor, where she still contributes regularly. Previously Cobban wrote columns for Al-Hayat (London).
She's one of two Quakers who are also members of the International
Institute for Strategic Studies. Check out her longer c.v. here.