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Robert Malley  

Lawyer, President Obama's Senior White House Advisor on ISIS and the Middle East

Robert Malley is an American lawyer, political scientist and specialist in conflict resolution. He is currently the President and CEO of the International Crisis Group in Washington, D.C.

Prior to holding that title, he served at the National Security Council under Barack Obama from February 2014 until January 2017. Prior to holding that title, he was Program Director for Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group and Assistant to National Security Advisor Sandy Berger (1996–1998) and the Director for Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs at the National Security Council (1994–1996).

Malley is considered an expert on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and has written extensively on this subject advocating rapprochement with Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood. As Special Assistant to President Clinton, he was a member of the U.S. peace team and helped organize the 2000 Camp David Summit. In 2015, the Obama administration appointed Rob Malley as its "point man" on the Middle East, leading the Middle East desk of the National Security Council. In November 2015, Malley was named as President Obama's new special ISIS advisor.

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