Sasha Toperich

Senior Executive Vice President
Transatlantic Leadership Network


Sasha Toperich is Senior Executive Vice President of the Transatlantic Leadership Network. From 2013 to 2018, he was a Senior Fellow and Director of the Mediterranean Basin, Middle East and Gulf initiative at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. Dr. Toperich is a Nonresident Fellow at the Soran University Research Center in Iraqi Kurdistan and the Chairman of Board at the Mediterranean Development Initiative (MDI) in Tunis, Tunisia.


He is editor of multiple publications:

  • Algeria and Transatlantic Relations (Brookings Institution/TLN, 2018)
  • A New Paradigm: Perspectives on the Changing Mediterranean (Brookings Institution/CTR, 2014)
  • Challenges of Democracy in the European Union and its Neighbors (Brookings Institution/CTR, 2015)
  • Iraqi Kurdistan Region: A Path Forward (Brookings Institution/CTR, 2017)
  • Vision 2020: Bosnia and Herzegovina Towards its European Future (Brookings Institution/CTR, 2017)
  • Turkey and Transatlantic Relations (Brookings Institution/CTR, 2017)


Toperich wrote the preface to The New Eastern Mediterranean – Theory, Politics and States in a Volatile Era (Springer 2019). He is a Featured Columnist at USMilitary.com, a Contributor to The Hill, and has often contributed to Huffington Post. He is often a guest on Al Jazeera, Al Hurra, Rudaw, Kurdistan 24 and other TV stations.


He has testified before U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C.


Toperich, an American, born in Sarajevo, lived in Jerusalem where he received his master’s degree from the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. He earned his doctoral degree at the Music Academy in Lovran, Croatia.