Wehrey specializes in post-conflict transitions, armed groups, and identity politics, with a focus on Libya, 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 post-conflict transitions, armed groups, and identity politics, with a focus on Libya, North Africa, and the Gulf.
His commentary and articles appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Journal of Democracy, and the Chicago Journal of International Law. He has been interviewed by major media outlets such as the New York Times, the 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. He has served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on security in southern Libya and as an adviser to Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) in Baghdad on post-surge challenges.
He is the author of The Burning Shores: Inside the Battle for the New Libya (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018), which chronicles Libya’s collapse after the rule of Muammar Qaddafi. His previous book, Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Uprisings (Columbia University Press, 2013), was named a “Best Book on the Middle East” by Foreign Affairs magazine in 2014.
Wehrey is a twenty-one year veteran of the active and reserve components of the U.S. Air Force, with tours across the Middle East and North Africa.
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.
In Libya, recent attacks against Sufi targets have been driven by doctrine, but also socioeconomic resentment.
A nighttime maritime patrol is a lesson in Libya’s permeable sovereignty.
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.