Thomas Strouse is a Director at Foreign Reports Inc., an oil consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. At Foreign Reports, he contributes to the firm’s daily intelligence reports on political developments relevant to oil markets, with a particular emphasis on the Middle East. He has studied Arabic in Egypt and Syria and is expected to graduate with his Masters degree in Middle East Studies from George Washington University in May 2010.
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