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Shibley Telhami      

Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland

Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland and non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. Before coming to the University of Maryland, he taught at several universities, including Cornell, Ohio State, and the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his doctorate in political science.

Telhami has also been active in the foreign policy arena and has advised both Republican and Democratic administrations on the Middle East. He has served as Advisor to the US Mission to the UN (1990-91), advised the State Department 2009-11, and was part of the Iraq Study Group, among others. He has contributed to the Washington Post, New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times and regularly appears on national and international radio and television. He specializes is U.S. policy in the Middle East, including Gulf and Energy Security, Arab Public opinion, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict.

Telhami's newest books (both 2013) are The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East (Single authored); and The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab Israeli Peace, 1989-2011 (co-authored). His best-selling book, The Stakes: America and the Middle East (Westview Press, 2003; updated version, 2004) was selected by Foreign Affairs as one of the top five books on the Middle East in 2003. His other publications include Power and Leadership in International Bargaining: The Path to the Camp David Accords, International Organizations and Ethnic Conflict, Identity and Foreign Policy in the Middle East, and A Decade of Reflections on Peace.

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The Stakes: America and the Middle East

Power and Leadership in International Bargaining

The Great Arab Awakening: Why Now? What Tomorrow?

What happened to the Arab Spring? Understanding the tumult in the Middle East

Extraordinary uprisings are sweeping the Arab world on a scale the region has never witnessed before. Why were analysts and governments surprised? What explains the timing and the scale of these revolts? Who is behind them and for what aims? How are they likely to unfold from country to country? What are the consequences for the United States? Middle East expert speaker Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor at the University of Maryland and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, has been conducting the annual Arab Public Opinion Survey for over a decade which has focused not only on Arab attitudes towards their governments and toward the United States, but also has been documenting the impact of the media on Arab public attitudes. He visited both Tunisia and Egypt immediately after the revolution and conducted several interviews with some of the young people that started it all. He offers his informed perspective.

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