[Biden’s] one-sided approach does not correspond to where Democrats are in general. People are not asking him to use the term ‘war crimes’; people are asking him to use the word ‘restraint.’ There is a real problem in the appearance that he is not valuing the lives of civilian casualties.
Shibley Telhami is a nonresident senior fellow with the Center for Middle East Policy, in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland. In the past, Telhami served as a senior advisor to the U.S. Department of State, advisor to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, advisor to Congressman Lee Hamilton, and as a member of the Iraq Study Group.
Shibley is an expert on U.S. policy in the Middle East, on Arab politics, and on shifting political identities in the Arab world. He regularly conducts public opinion polls in the Arab world, Israel, and the United States. Among his many publications are “The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East” (Basic Books, 2013), “The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace 1989-2011” (Cornell University Press, 2013), and the best-selling “The Stakes: America in the Middle East” (Basic Books, 2003), selected by Foreign Affairs as one of the top five books for that year. In addition, he was selected by the Carnegie Corporation of New York with the New York Times as one of the “Great Immigrants” for 2013.
- American Academy of Arts and Sciences, committee on international security studies
- American Political Science Association, member
- Council on Arab Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean, board member
- Council on Foreign Relations, member
- Education for Employment, founding board member Middle East Policy Journal, editorial advisory committee
- Project on Middle East Political Science, advisory council
- Search for Common Ground, Middle East advisory committee
- University of Maryland, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development
Areas of Expertise
- Arab-Israeli conflict
- Ethnic conflict
- International negotiations
- Media and political identity
- Palestinian and Israeli politics
- Persian Gulf politics
- U.S. policy in the Middle East
- Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland
- Member, Council on Foreign Relations
- Associate Professor, Cornell University
- Assistant Professor, Ohio State University
- Lecturer, Princeton University, Columbia University, Swarthmore College, University of Southern California, University of California at Berkeley
- Advisor, U.S. Mission to the United Nations
- Advisor, Congressman Lee H. Hamilton (D-Ind.)
- Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1986
- M.A., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, 1978
- B.A., Queens College of the City University of New York, 1974
Mentions and Appearances
Shibley Telhami talks about the Israel-Hamas conflict and the looming humanitarian crisis in Gaza on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.
NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Tal Schneider, political and diplomatic correspondent for the Times of Israel, and Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat professor of peace and development at the University of Maryland about the war in Israel and Gaza.