Steven Simon

Senior Research Analyst


Middle East, Terrorism, Israel-Palestine, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, GCC


Middle East


Steven Simon is the Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow in International Affairs at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and Research Fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.
He served as the National Security Council senior director for counterterrorism in the Clinton
White House and for the Middle East and North Africa in the Obama White House and in senior
positions at the U.S. Department of State. Outside of government, he was a principal and senior
advisor to Good Harbor LLC in Abu Dhabi and director of the Middle East office of the
International Institute for Strategic Studies in Manama. Prior to this, he was deputy director of
the IISS in London. He managed security-related projects at the RAND Corporation and was the
Hasib Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He
has taught at Princeton, Dartmouth, Colby and Amherst and held fellowships at Brown, Oxford
and the American Academy in Berlin.

He is the co-author of The Age of Sacred Terror (Random House, 2004), winner of the Arthur C.
Ross Award for best book in international relations and of The Next Attack (Henry Holt, 2006), a
finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize, and one of the “best books of the year” in the Washington
Post and Financial Times, which focused on the U.S. response to 9/11. He also co-authored Iraq
at the Crossroads: State and Society in the Shadow of Regime Change (Oxford, 2003); Building a
Successful Palestinian State and The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State (RAND
2005); The Sixth Crisis (Oxford, 2010); The Pragmatic Superpower: The United States and the
Middle East in the Cold War (W.W. Norton, 2016); Our Separate Ways (Public Affairs, 2016);
and Grand Delusion: The Rise and Fall of American Ambition in the Middle East (Penguin/
Random House, forthcoming).

Mr. Simon has published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Foreign
Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico, New York Review of Books, Survival, and Haaretz, and has
appeared on the PBS NewsHour, CNN and al Jazeera.

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