Malaak received her M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University where she specialized in human rights, international law, and post-conflict state reconstruction and sustainability. She received her B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she double majored in sociology and in political science with a concentration in international relations, and was awarded FDU’s Outstanding Achievement in Political Science award. She completed her minor in Middle East studies at the American University in Dubai. As HRF’s Policy Officer, Malaak analyzes political regime developments in authoritarian regimes using her background in democratization literature. Previously, she conducted research on U.N. peacekeeping operations in the Arab World as an intern for the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.