Bilal Y. Saab is senior fellow and director of the Defense and Security Program at the Middle East Institute. He specializes in the Levant and the Persian Gulf. Previously, he was senior fellow and director of the Middle East Peace and Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, where he also created and chaired the Gulf Policy Working Group and led the Middle East Crisis Simulation Series. Saab is a term member with the Council on Foreign Relations.
A native of Lebanon, Saab has experience living in the Middle East for more than two decades. Throughout his career, Saab held various research and analytic positions in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East including at Brookings, CSIS, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, Middle East Institute, and Lebanese Center for Policy Studies. A prolific and widely published scholar in peer-reviewed academic and policy journals (for a list of publications and speaking engagements please consult the publications page of his personal website), he is often called upon to brief and publicly testify before various executive and legislative agencies in the U.S. Government and European governments. Saab has contributed to and appeared on American and international media outlets including NPR, PBS, Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, and Bloomberg.
BA, American University of Beirut; MLitt., University of St Andrews; MA, University of Maryland, College Park
Countries of Expertise
Bahrain, Iran, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE
Issues of Expertise
Arms Control; Defense; Insurgency; Regional Security; Strategy; Terrorism; US Middle East Policy