Suzanne Maloney is deputy director of the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution and a senior fellow in the Brookings Center for Middle East Policy and Energy Security and Climate Initiative, where her research focuses on Iran and Persian Gulf energy. Her books include the 2008 monograph “Iran’s Long Reach” (United States Institute of Peace, 2008) as well as “Iran’s Political Economy since the Revolution,” published in August 2015 by Cambridge University Press. Her Brookings Essay, “Iran Surprises Itself And The World,” was released in September 2013, and she has also published articles in a variety of academic and policy journals.

Maloney previously served as an external advisor to senior State Department officials on long-term issues related to Iran. Before joining Brookings, she served on the secretary of state’s policy planning staff, as Middle East advisor for ExxonMobil Corporation, and director of the 2004 Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on U.S. policy toward Iran, chaired by former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

She holds a doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Johns Hopkins University/SAIS, adjunct professor

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Center for Middle East Policy
Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative
Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate
Energy Security and Climate Initiative
Middle East Democracy and Development Project
Additional Expertise Areas
Iran and Gulf States
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Past Positions
Policy Planning Staff Member, U.S. Department of State (2005-2007)
Project Director, Task Force on U.S.-Iran Relations, Council on Foreign Relations (2003-2004)
Middle East Advisor, ExxonMobil Corporation (2001-2004)
Olin Fellow, The Brookings Institution (2000-2001)
Brookings Research Fellow, The Brookings Institution (1998-1999)
Ph.D., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 2000
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1990