Sami Moubayed

Former Visiting Scholar
Carnegie Middle East Center
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Moubayed, a political analyst and historian, focuses his research on Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.


PhD, University of Exeter
BA, American University of Beirut 


Arabic; English

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Sami Moubayyed is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment.

Sami Moubayed was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center. A political analyst and historian, his research focuses on Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is also a research fellow at St. Andrews University in Scotland and a co-founder of its Syrian Studies Center.

Moubayed served as editor in chief of Forward Magazine, Syria’s premier English monthly, from 2006 to 2012. In 2004, he co-founded, the first online museum of Syrian history, for which he continues to work as chief editor. From 2000 to 2001, Moubayed served as bureau chief for the Daily Star in Syria, and since 2005 he has taught international relations at the University of Kalamoon in Syria, where he currently serves on the board of trustees. He is also vice president of Haykal Media in Syria. 

Moubayed has written several books, including Damascus Between Democracy and Dictatorship (University Press of America, 2000); Steel & Silk: Men and Women Who Shaped Syria 1900–2000 (Cune Press, 2005); The George Washington of Syria: The Rise and Fall of Shukri al-Quwatli (Dar al-Zakira, 2006); and Syria and the USA: From Wilson to Eisenhower (IB Tauris, 2012). He is also a weekly columnist for Gulf News, Asia Times, and Huffington Post and has been published in numerous publications, including al-Ahram Weekly and the Washington Post.

  • Q&A January 10, 2013
    Navigating the Syrian Crisis

    Despite major obstacles, a political solution to the Syrian conflict remains possible. But any proposed future government must balance the demands of Syria’s disparate stakeholders.

  • Op-Ed Asia Times November 5, 2012 عربي
    Election Won't Alter U.S. Course in Syria

    Neither President Obama nor Governor Romney appear to have a clear policy for convincing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down nor have they explained what the future of Syria should be.

  • Article September 27, 2012 عربي
    Dateline Damascus: What Role for Farouk al-Sharaa?

    The role of Vice-President Farouk al-Sharaa may hold the key to the smoothest transition to a post-Assad Syria.

  • Op-Ed Asia Times September 18, 2012 عربي
    An Insult Best Left in Obscurity

    While the film, Innocence of Muslims, is considered an insult to Islam and Muslims, it is unnecessary that such violence should erupt due to a film that it would serve the Muslim community better to ignore.

  • Op-Ed Gulf News August 14, 2012 عربي
    Brahimi Won’t Risk His Reputation in Vain

    Veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi knows the fears, concerns, and mentality of the Syrians, which may prove valuable in securing a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

  • Syria; Assad
    Strategic Europe August 10, 2012
    Redefining Europe’s Role in Syria

    If the EU remains noncommittal in its approach to the conflict in Syria, others will step in to determine the course of events there and thus in the region as a whole.

  • Op-Ed Huffington Post August 7, 2012 عربي
    The Battle for Aleppo

    The conflict in Syria has entered a new, strategically crucial phase, as both sides fight to control Aleppo, a relatively late entry into the uprising.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy August 6, 2012 عربي
    Capture the Flag

    The controversy over the flag used by Syrian fighting the regime raises an important issue over how Syrians relate to each other as citizens of a common nation.


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