Wehrey’s research focuses on security affairs, civil-military relations, and identity politics in North Africa and the Gulf.
Frederic Wehrey is a senior fellow in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He specializes in security affairs, civil-military relations, and identity politics, with a focus on North Africa and the Gulf.
His commentary and articles appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Journal of Democracy, Small Wars and Insurgencies, and the Chicago Journal of International Law. He has been interviewed by major media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, the Economist, NPR, BBC, and CNN. He routinely briefs U.S. and European government officials on Middle East affairs and has testified before the Senate and the House of Representatives. Wehrey has served as a field consultant on southern Libya for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and an adviser for Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) in Baghdad on post-surge challenges.
He is the author of a book exploring Sunni-Shi’a relations in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, entitled Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Uprisings (Columbia University Press, 2013), which was named a “Best Book on the Middle East” by Foreign Affairs magazine in 2014.
Prior to joining Carnegie, he was a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Wehrey is also a twenty-year veteran of the active and reserve components of the U.S. Air Force, with tours across North Africa and the Middle East.
He holds a doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University and a Master’s in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. He studied Arabic at Cairo University, the University of Jordan, and the Yemen Language Center in Sana’a.
A Carnegie workshop hears Libyans discuss a reform of their country’s security sector.
“Madkhali” Salafists in Libya are active in the battle against the Islamic State, and in factional conflicts.
As the Islamic State establishes a foothold in the ongoing war in Libya, it attempts to peel away disenchanted groups from established parties as it did in Syria.
The so-called Islamic State's opportunistic strategy in Libya has been effective but, their draconian governing has been met with increased resistance.
Military victory may not be the goal of the airstrikes in Yemen. The Saudis could use them to gain greater leverage in power-sharing negotiations.
The presence and influence of the Islamic State continues to spread in the civil war chaos of post-Qaddafi Libya, inserting itself into an already messy conflict between the rival Operation Dignity and Operation Dawn.
Despite the speculations over the effects of Saudi succession, the kingdom’s foreign policies are likely to remain unchanged and have been remarkably consistent since the reign of King Fahad bin Abdul Aziz.
Carnegie scholars assess the Middle East in the year ahead, including potential game changers that could have a big impact for the future of the region.
In the war against the Islamic State, Iraq’s Sunni tribes are all the rage. They are the commanding high ground on the battlefield’s “human terrain.”
The contribution of Gulf Arab countries in the fight against the Islamic State should not be overstated and should be caveated with an awareness of the risks and costs—for both the Gulf regimes at home and U.S. interests in the region.