Sami Moubayed

Former Visiting Scholar
Carnegie Middle East Center
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

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.

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