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
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