Prof. Joseph Bahout

Prof. Joseph Bahout is the Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon, where he is also Associate Professor of Practice in Political Studies. Prior to that, he has been a Non-Resident Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Middle East Program, Professor of Middle East Politics at Sciences Po Paris, and Permanent Consultant for the Policy Planning Unit (CAPS) at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also served as Professor at Université Saint-Joseph in Lebanon (USJ), as researcher at the Centre d’études et de recherches sur le Moyen-Orient contemporain (CERMOC, now IFPO), and as Senior Fellow at Académie diplomatique internationale (ADI). Until lately, he was Associate Fellow with the Geneva Center for Security Policy, the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, and member of the Scientific Board of the Institut Français du Proche-Orient (IFPO) that covers Beirut, Damascus, Jerusalem, Amman, and Irbil. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Revue Esprit, and of the Scientific Council of the Le Rubicon research and publications network. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Institut d’études politiques de Paris (IEP, Sciences-Po Paris), and is the author of two books, on Syria’s business community and its political outlook, and on Lebanon’s political reconstruction, in addition to numerous articles and book chapters. He is a frequent commentator in European and Arab media.