Paul Salem

Profile of Paul Salem, HFX Fellow


Paul Salem is president of The Middle East Institute. He focuses on issues of political change, transition, and conflict as well as the regional and international relations of the Middle East. Salem is the author and editor of a number of books and reports including most recently Escaping the Conflict Trap: Toward Ending Civil Wars in the Middle East (ed. with Ross Harrison, MEI 2019).

Expertise: Middle East, Social & Economic Policy, US Foreign Policy


Recent work:


The grim year ahead – Middle East Institute, April 6, 2020

MENA coronavirus update: The region faces an unprecedented crisis – Middle East Institute, March 23, 2020

COVID-19 and the Middle East – Middle East Institute, March 18, 2020

Lebanese oligarchs approve technocratic shadow government – Middle East Institute, January 21, 2020

2020 Middle East preview: Uncertainty, turbulence, and escalation with Iran – Middle East Institute, January 6, 2020

Escalation with Iran now dominates 2020 – Middle East Institute, January 6, 2020

The killing of Qassem Soleimani: Analysis from MEI experts – Middle East Institute, January 3, 2020

A new escalation in the US-Iran crisis – Middle East Institute, January 3, 2020