Frederic Wehrey is a senior fellow in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His research deals with armed conflict, security sector governance, and U.S. policy, 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. His research deals with armed conflict, security sector governance, and U.S. policy, with a focus on Libya, North Africa, and the Gulf
His essays, reporting, analyses, and opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Review of Books, the Atlantic, the New Yorker, TIME, POLITICO, the London Review of Books, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Small Wars and Insurgencies, the Journal of North African Studies, Mediterranean Politics, the Chicago Journal of International Law, and the Journal of Democracy. He has been interviewed by major media outlets such as NPR, ABC News, CNN, PBS NewsHour, and the BBC. He has served as a consultant to the United Nations and has testified before the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.
He is the author of The Burning Shores: Inside the Battle for the New Libya (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018), which the New York Times called “the essential text on the country’s disintegration.” 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 and Foreign Policy magazines in 2014 and 2013, respectively.
Before joining Carnegie, Wehrey was a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, leading research projects on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Iranian influence in the Middle East, the strategic impact of the Iraq War, and Saudi-Iranian relations. He also served for twenty-one years in the active and reserve components of the U.S. Air Force, with tours across the Middle East and in North and East 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.
After the removal of the Islamic State, Sirte faces multiple reconstruction and security challenges.
In Libya, recent attacks against Sufi targets have been driven by doctrine, but also socioeconomic resentment.
A nighttime maritime patrol is a lesson in Libya’s permeable sovereignty.
A Carnegie workshop hears Libyans discuss a reform of their country’s security sector.
“Madkhali” Salafists in Libya are active in the battle against the Islamic State, and in factional conflicts.
As the Islamic State establishes a foothold in the ongoing war in Libya, it attempts to peel away disenchanted groups from established parties as it did in Syria.
The so-called Islamic State's opportunistic strategy in Libya has been effective but, their draconian governing has been met with increased resistance.
Military victory may not be the goal of the airstrikes in Yemen. The Saudis could use them to gain greater leverage in power-sharing negotiations.
The presence and influence of the Islamic State continues to spread in the civil war chaos of post-Qaddafi Libya, inserting itself into an already messy conflict between the rival Operation Dignity and Operation Dawn.
Despite the speculations over the effects of Saudi succession, the kingdom’s foreign policies are likely to remain unchanged and have been remarkably consistent since the reign of King Fahad bin Abdul Aziz.