Marwan Muasher

Vice President for Studies

Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.

Marwan Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East. Muasher served as foreign minister (2002–2004) and deputy prime minister (2004–2005) of Jordan, and his career has spanned the areas of diplomacy, development, civil society, and communications.

Muasher began his career as a journalist for the Jordan Times. He then served at the Ministry of Planning, at the prime minister’s office as press adviser, and as director of the Jordan Information Bureau in Washington.

In 1995, Muasher opened Jordan’s first embassy in Israel, and in 1996 he became minister of information and the government spokesperson. From 1997 to 2002, he served in Washington again as ambassador, negotiating the first free-trade agreement between the United States and an Arab nation. He then returned to Jordan to serve as foreign minister, where he played a central role in developing the Arab Peace Initiative and the Middle East roadmap.

In 2004, he became deputy prime minister responsible for reform and government performance and led the effort to produce a ten-year plan for political, economic, and social reform. From 2006 to 2007, he was a member of the Jordanian Senate.

From 2007 to 2010, he was senior vice president of external affairs at the World Bank.

He is the author of The Arab Center: The Promise of Moderation (Yale University Press, 2008) and The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism (Yale University Press, 2014).

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  • An Unsentimental Education
    • August 31, 2020

    An Unsentimental Education

    The American University of Beirut can serve as an example to a crisis-ridden higher education sector in the United States.

  • Hold the Applause
    • August 15, 2020

    Hold the Applause

    The Emirati-Israeli peace agreement will help refocus Palestinian objectives on securing equal rights.

  • A Mockery of Peace
    • May 21, 2020

    A Mockery of Peace

    If Benjamin Netanyahu kills the idea of a Palestinian state, Jordan should reevaluate its relations with Israel.

  • Mahmoud ‘Abbas Has Ended All Palestinian Agreements and Understandings With Israel and the United States
    • May 20, 2020

    Mahmoud ‘Abbas Has Ended All Palestinian Agreements and Understandings With Israel and the United States

    Spot analysis from Carnegie scholars on events relating to the Middle East and North Africa

  • The Old Ways Won’t Work
    • April 09, 2020

    The Old Ways Won’t Work

    Arab states will struggle with the aftermath of the coronavirus, but only inclusiveness will bring about their recovery.

  • The Arabs’ Moment
    • March 06, 2020

    The Arabs’ Moment

    Israel’s elections are no longer about reaching a two-state solution, but about what kind of single state will emerge.

  • A Questioning Campus
    • April 10, 2019

    A Questioning Campus

    The American University of Beirut is a place of diversity and critical thinking, and for that reason was unforgettable to me.

  • Fade Out
    • January 21, 2019

    Fade Out

    Though Christians are indigenous to the Arab world, their numbers have steadily declined in the Middle East.

  • The Looming Majority
    • September 21, 2018

    The Looming Majority

    Recent U.S. steps taken against the Palestinians ignore that Israel has already entered into a demographic dilemma.

  • End of the Rope
    • June 07, 2018

    End of the Rope

    There is a crisis of trust between Jordan’s citizens and the state, and the old ways won’t work anymore.

Education

PhD, Purdue University

Languages
  • Arabic
  • English
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