Expert Profile

Dr Ahmad Samih Khalidi
Position(s) Senior Associate Member at St Antony's College, Oxford

Dr Ahmad Samih Khalidi is an Associate Fellow within the Global Fellowship Initiative of the GCSP. Ahmad Samih Khalidi is a Palestinian political and strategic analyst. He was born in Beirut in 1948. He has a BA in Politics and Philosophy from Oxford University and a PhD in War Studies from London University, and is currently Senior Associate Member at St Antony’s College, Oxford. He is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Palestine Studies (Arabic edition) published by the Institute for Palestine Studies (Beirut), and co-editor of the London-based daily Mideast Mirror.

Between 1980-1989, he was publisher and co-editor of the London-based Arabic language bi-monthly Strategic Review. He served as advisor to the Palestinian delegation at the Madrid/Washington peace talks in 1991-1993 and as senior advisor on security to the Cairo-Taba PLO-Israeli talks in 1993. He was co-chair of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences project on Israeli-Palestinian security in 1993-1995 and Associate Fellow of the Middle East program at Chatham House (Royal Institute for International Affairs) in 1995-96.

A.S. Khalidi’s expertise is the field of military history, contemporary strategic studies, the Palestinian national movement, regional developments in the Levant, and the Arab/Israeli peace process.   He has been active in Palestinian politics and Track-2 activities for four decades. He has been a senior advisor to PA Presidents Abbas and Arafat and has served as consultant on Middle East Affairs to the Swedish, Belgian, Spanish, Dutch and Norwegian governments. He has written widely on Middle Eastern political and strategic affairs in both English and Arabic including op-eds for the New York TimesGuardian, the Financial Times, and al-Hayat as well as articles for International Affairs, and Prospect Magazine, amongst others. He has given evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the British House of Commons, and the European Union Committee of the House of Lords, and has lectured at Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, IFRI in Paris, the UK Joint Services and Command Staff College and the Royal College of Defense Studies in London, and NATO’s War College in Rome. He has appeared on BBC TV CNNPBSSkyal-Jazeera as well many other local and international TV and Radio shows.

His books (co-written with Hussein Agha) include Syria and Iran: Rivalry and Cooperation (Chatham House, 1995) Track-2 Diplomacy; Lessons from the Middle East (MIT Press, 2003) and A Palestinian National Security Framework (Chatham House, 2006).


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