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About Emile Nakhleh

Emile Nakhleh is an expert on Middle Eastern society and politics and on political Islam. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Research Professor at the University of New Mexico. He previously served in the Central Intelligence Agency from 1993-2006, first as scholar in residence and chief of the Regional Analysis Unit in the Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis and subsequently as director of the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program. Until 1993 Nakhleh taught at Mount St. Mary's University, where he was the John L. Morrison Professor of International Studies. Nakhleh's publications include, among others, A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America's Relations with the Muslim World (2009), Bahrain: Political Development in a Modernizing Society (1976 and 2011), and The Gulf Cooperation Council: Policies, Problems, and Prospects (1986). Nakhleh holds a PhD from American University, an MA from Georgetown University, and a BA from Saint John's University, Minnesota.




Author Archives: Emile Nakhleh

The US and a Crumbling Levant

October 14th, 2014 | by Emile Nakhleh

by Emile Nakhleh The international media is currently mesmerized by the advance of Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) on the Syrian


How Obama Should Beat ISIS

September 25th, 2014 | by Emile Nakhleh

by Emile Nakhleh In a speech before the United Nations on Wednesday, President Barack Obama offered a rhetorically eloquent roadmap


Getting Gaza Back on Its Feet

August 15th, 2014 | by Emile Nakhleh

by Emile Nakhleh As Israelis and Palestinians continue their discussions in Cairo, it’s time for the international community and the


How to End the Gaza War

July 29th, 2014 | by Emile Nakhleh

by Emile Nakhleh As the killing and destruction rages on in Gaza, and as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and


Book Review: Temptations of Power

July 7th, 2014 | by Emile Nakhleh

by Emile Nakhleh Does repression force Islamic parties to moderate? This is the key question Shadi Hamid raises in his seminal



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