Fawaz Gerges

Fawaz A. Gerges is a professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is also the Director of the Middle East Centre at LSE. He earned a doctorate from Oxford University and an MSc from the London School of Economics. Gerges has taught at Oxford, Harvard, and Columbia, and was a research scholar at Princeton, and the chairholder of the Christian A. Johnson Chair in Middle Eastern Studies and International Affairs at Sarah Lawrence College, New York. His special interests include Islam and the political process, social movements, including mainstream Islamist movements and jihadist groups, Arab politics and Muslim politics in the 20th century, the international relations of the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, state and society in the Middle East, American foreign policy towards the Muslim world, the modern history of the Middle East, history of conflict, diplomacy and foreign policy, and historical sociology. Gerges’ most recent books are Obama and the Middle East: The End of America’s Moment? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda (Oxford University Press, 2011). His articles and editorials have appeared in many worldwide publications including: The New York Times, The Guardian and Foreign Policy. Gerges has also given scores of interviews for various media outlets throughout the world, including: CNN, the BBC and Al Jazeera.

The Presidential Election and US Foreign Policy in the Middle East

In the presidential campaign, American foreign policy towards the Middle East has overshadowed other regions by far – underlining considerable differences between each candidate’s approach to this part of the world. Issues in the Middle East with global significance are developing by the day. Recent events, like the violent protests in Libya and Egypt, Iran’s growing nuclear... Continue Reading

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Fawaz Gerges: Islamists Are the Arab World's New Capitalists

Fawaz Gerges, Founding Director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics, speaks to Arabic Knowledge@Wharton about how Islamists are really interested in becoming the Arab World's new capitalists. When the Muslim Brotherhood took power in Egypt, there was fear that draconian social measures would be pursued, thereby killing the country's important tourism industry. Instead,... Continue Reading

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