Frederic Wehrey

Senior Fellow
Middle East Program

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 DemocracySmall 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.​

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PhD, International Relations, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford
MA, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

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