Shibley Telhami

Nonresident Senior Fellow – Foreign Policy, Center for Middle East Policy

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
  • Current Positions

    • Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland
    • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Past Positions

    • 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.)
  • Education

    • 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

New York Times April 16, 2024

[Netanyahu has an interest in prolonging the dispute with Tehran] both as a distraction from the horrors of Gaza and as a way of changing the subject to an issue where he is more likely..."

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New York Times April 7, 2024

The war is not over, and one cannot see a path forward to end it in a way that would bring about stability and humanitarian relief on the scale that is needed in any foreseeable future.

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New York Times April 5, 2024

When there is no accountability and no consequences, what’s the incentive for the Israeli government not to do what it’s doing?

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Foreign Affairs February 20, 2024

U.S. policy should be centered not on implausible efforts to revive talks of unachievable outcomes but on forcefully spelling out the legal and human rights standards it expects to be met.”

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NPR January 9, 2024

[A]fter the Hamas attack on October 7, there was a spike of sympathy…We found that much of that was lost a month later, especially among young Democrats, who became far more critical of..."

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The Huffington Post October 23, 2023

[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..."

October 17, 2023

Shibley Telhami talks about the Israel-Hamas conflict and the looming humanitarian crisis in Gaza on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.

October 10, 2023

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...

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