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 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.
U.S. President Barack Obama’s four-pronged strategy against the Islamic State is fraught with trade-offs, risks, and hidden costs that need to be addressed.
In the wake of stern warnings of greater unilateralism from Saudi officials and commentators, many observers have been left wondering about the future course of Saudi strategy in Syria.