Hussein Ibish
Senior Resident Scholar
Hussein Ibish is a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. He is a weekly columnist for Bloomberg and The National (UAE) and is also a regular contributor to many other U.S. and Middle Eastern publications. He has made thousands of radio and television appearances and was the Washington, DC correspondent for the Daily Star (Beirut). Many of Ibish’s articles are archived on his Ibishblog website.
His most recent book is What’s Wrong with the One-State Agenda? Why Ending the Occupation and Peace with Israel is Still the Palestinian National Goal (ATFP, 2009). Ibish was included in all three years (20112012, and 2013) of Foreign Policy’s “Twitterati 100,” the magazine’s list of 100 “must-follow” Twitter feeds on foreign policy.
Ibish is the editor and principal author of three major studies of Hate Crimes and Discrimination against Arab Americans 1998-2000 (ADC, 2001), Sept. 11, 2001-Oct. 11, 2002 (ADC, 2003), and 2003-2007 (ADC, 2008). He is also the author of “At the Constitution’s Edge: Arab Americans and Civil Liberties in the United States” in States of Confinement (St. Martin’s Press, 2000), “Anti-Arab Bias in American Policy and Discourse” in Race in 21st Century America (Michigan State University Press, 2001), “Race and the War on Terror,” in Race and Human Rights (Michigan State University Press, 2005) and “Symptoms of Alienation: How Arab and American Media View Each Other“ in Arab Media in the Information Age (ECSSR, 2005). He wrote, along with Ali Abunimah, “The Palestinian Right of Return” (ADC, 2001) and “The Media and the New Intifada” in The New Intifada (Verso, 2001). He is the editor, along with Saliba Sarsar, of Principles and Pragmatism (ATFP, 2006).
Ibish previously served as a senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, and executive director of the Hala Salaam Maksoud Foundation for Arab-American Leadership from 2004-09. From 1998-2004, Ibish served as communications director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. He has a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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Hamas’ Intervention Lets Gulf Countries Off the Hook, But for How Long?
Hussein Ibish May 14, 2021
An Israeli-Hamas conflict is far more manageable than Al-Aqsa confrontations.
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Saudi Arabia’s New Dialogue With Iran was Long in the Making
Hussein Ibish May 4, 2021
New talks reflect a broad range of regional and international developments in recent years.
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Riyadh and Tehran are Both Put on Notice That Biden has a New Mideast Approach
Hussein Ibish Mar 1, 2021
Friend and foe have been informed that Biden won’t accept what Obama and Trump might have.
AGSIW Outlook 2021
Geneive Abdo, Ali Alfoneh, Kristin Smith Diwan, Hussein Ibish, Robert Mogielnicki, Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman and Emma Soubrier Jan 19, 2021
AGSIW experts explain what regional trends they’ll be following most closely as the year unfolds.
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Qatar Boycott Ends, But Core Issues Remain Unresolved
Hussein Ibish Jan 5, 2021
Almost all sides are winners for now, but a third GCC confrontation remains possible.
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A Resolution of Qatar Boycott Looms, But Can It Last?
Hussein Ibish Dec 11, 2020
Even the UAE seems ready to reconcile but underlying disputes are likely to persist.
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How Saudi Arabia Can Mend Fences With Biden and the Democrats
Hussein Ibish Nov 16, 2020
After the Obama and Trump eras, mutual suspicions abound, but Riyadh has several potential approaches to improve relations with an incoming Biden administration.
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Why Bahrain is Embracing Normalization With Israel
Hussein Ibish Sep 14, 2020
While the UAE had a complex range of goals, Bahrain is focused on Iran.
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After the UAE, Who Will and Won’t Be Next to Normalize With Israel?
Hussein Ibish Aug 24, 2020
A number of countries are expected to follow suit, each for its own distinct reasons.
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What Motivated the U.S.-Brokered UAE-Israel Agreement?
Hussein Ibish Aug 14, 2020
Palestinians are fuming, but the United States, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel all see clear benefits in the normalization of relations between a key Arab state and Israel.
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