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Frederic Wehrey  

Senior Fellow of the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment For International Peace

Frederic Wehrey is a senior associate in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His research focuses on political reform and security issues in the Arab Gulf states, Libya, and U.S. policy in the Middle East more broadly.

Prior to joining Carnegie, he was a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation where he was the lead author of several monographs including The Rise of the Pasdaran: Assessing the Domestic Roles of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (RAND Corporation, 2009), Saudi-Iranian Relations Since the Fall of Saddam: Rivalry, Cooperation and Implications for U.S. Policy (RAND Corporation, 2009), and The Iraq Effect: The Middle East After the Iraq War (RAND Corporation, 2010). In 2008, he led a RAND strategic advisory team to Baghdad, Iraq, focusing on post-surge challenges in support of Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I). Wehrey is also a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force reserve and has completed tours in Iraq, Turkey, Libya, and Uganda.

His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Washington Quarterly, Current History, International Herald Tribune, Survival, Sada, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Christian Science Monitor, and the Chicago Journal of International Law. He has been interviewed by major media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, PBS NewsHour, NPR, BBC, and CNN.

He is the author of a forthcoming monograph with Columbia University Press entitled, Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Spring.


B.A. in history, Occidental College; M.A. in Near Eastern studies, Princeton University; Ph.D. in International Relations, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford


Arabic; English

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