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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  • 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.

  • Dead on Arrival?
    • February 19, 2018

    Dead on Arrival?

    The Trump administration’s plan for Palestinian-Israeli peace appears to take only one side into consideration.

  • The Kids Aren’t Alright
    • August 16, 2017

    The Kids Aren’t Alright

    A younger generation of Palestinians is no longer committed to a two-state solution.

  • Dark Horizons
    • March 03, 2017

    Dark Horizons

    In a podcast, Carnegie Middle East scholars discuss a new report on the state of the Arab world.

  • A Fractured Region
    • January 31, 2017

    A Fractured Region

    Carnegie’s Middle East program is releasing a major new report on the state of the Arab world.

  • The Arab Predicament
    • January 27, 2017

    The Arab Predicament

    Carnegie Middle East announces the release of a major new report on the state of the Arab world.

Education

PhD, Purdue University

Languages
  • Arabic
  • English
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