Joseph Bahout

Visiting Scholar
Middle East Program

Joseph Bahout is a visiting scholar in Carnegie’s Middle East Program. His research focuses on political developments in Lebanon and Syria, regional spillover from the Syrian crisis, and identity politics across the region.

Joseph Bahout is a visiting scholar in Carnegie’s Middle East Program. His research focuses on political developments in Lebanon and Syria, regional spillover from the Syrian crisis, and identity politics across the region.

Previously, Bahout served as a permanent consultant for the Policy Planning Unit at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009–2014). He was a professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Sciences Po Paris (2005–2014) and a senior fellow at Académie Diplomatique Internationale (2008–2014). He also served as a professor of political sociology and international relations at Université Saint-Joseph in Lebanon (1993–2004), and a researcher at the Beirut-based Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur le Moyen-Orient Contemporain (1993–2000). 
 
Bahout is currently an associate fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, and a member of the scientific board of the Institut Français du Proche-Orient. 

He is the author of books on Syria’s business community and its political outlook (1994), and Lebanon’s political reconstruction (1998), in addition to numerous articles and book chapters. He is a frequent commentator in European and Arab media.

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  • Eye of the Storm
    • October 18, 2017

    Eye of the Storm

    Lebanon has remained stable despite the war in Syria, but once it winds down will the Lebanese situation worsen?

  • A Macron Doctrine?
    • June 22, 2017

    A Macron Doctrine?

    France’s president has just won a parliamentary majority, so how might he approach the Middle East?

  • Rising Son
    • May 02, 2017

    Rising Son

    Recent royal decrees in Saudi Arabia seemed to pave the way for the advent of Mohammed bin Salman.

  • A New Great Game?
    • April 07, 2017

    A New Great Game?

    U.S. airstrikes against the Assad regime present both dangers and possibilities in Syria.

  • Back to Square One?
    • January 25, 2017

    Back to Square One?

    Moscow is reshaping the Syria conflict to ultimately impose a solution to its liking.

  • Running on Empty?
    • October 19, 2016

    Running on Empty?

    A video posted by a politician in Lebanon tells us much about the country’s presidential campaign.

  • The Sound of Silence
    • September 20, 2016

    The Sound of Silence

    Thirty-four years after Bashir Gemayel’s assassination, what remains is a man athwart Lebanon’s history.

  • Local Lessons
    • September 14, 2016

    Local Lessons

    How might Lebanon’s municipal elections affect parliamentary elections next year?

  • Russia and the U.S. in Syria: Waiting for the Other Side to Lose
    • December 17, 2015

    Russia and the U.S. in Syria: Waiting for the Other Side to Lose

    Russia’s intervention may alter the course of the war in Syria or contribute to the slow and painful death of the country.

Education

BA, Economics, American University of Beirut
Diploma, International Relations, Sciences Po Paris
PhD, Political Science, Sciences Po Paris

 

Languages
  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
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