Robert Malley Former Visiting Fellow

Robert Malley

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

Special Assistant to the President, Senior Advisor to the President for the Counter-ISIL Campaign, and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf Region (2015-2016)

Advised the President, Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, coordinated government-wide efforts to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, managed and oversaw eighteen members of the National Security Council staff working on the full range of Middle East issues, was lead White House negotiator for the international talks on the Syrian civil war. Recipient of the State Department's Distinguished Service Award in 2016.

Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Gulf Region (2014-2015)

Advised the President, Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, managed and oversaw team of National Security Council staff, and was lead White House negotiator for the Iran nuclear talks.

 

INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP                                                                                           

Middle East and North Africa Program Director  (2002-2014)

Founded and directed the Middle East and North Africa Program Director; managed and oversaw over a dozen analysts in Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Yemen, and was responsible for publication of over 150 reports on crises in these areas.

 

NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

Special Assistant to the President for Arab-Israeli Affairs and Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs                                                                                                                                           (1998-2001)

Advised the President and National Security Advisor, wrote all presidential strategy and decision memoranda related to the Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Syrian negotiations and was a member of the U.S. negotiating team.

Executive Assistant to the National Security Advisor (1997-1998)

Helped manage the office of the National Security Advisor and interaction with staff; participated in decisions related to all major foreign policy decisions during this period.

Director for Democracy, Human Rights and Multilateral Affairs  (1994-1997)

Coordinated agency efforts on democracy promotion, immigration, humanitarian crises, and U.S.-Cuba relations.

United States Department of State, Attorney Advisor in the Office of the Legal Adviser (1994)

United States Supreme Court, Law Clerk to the Honorable Byron R. White  (1992-1993)

American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Attorney (1991-1992)

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Law Clerk to the Honorable D.W. Nelson (1990-1991)

 
TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, Taught or co-taught graduate seminars courses on Middle East Politics and U.S. Policy Toward the Middle East at:

  • Georgetown University  (Fall 2011, 2012);
  • George Washington University (Spring 2010, 2011);
  • New York University (Fall 2008)
 

EDUCATION

Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA  (1987-1990) J.D., magna cum laude - Harvard Law Review, Notes Editor         

Oxford University, Oxford, England (1984-1987) - Rhodes Scholar, D.Phil. in Politics          

Yale University, New Haven, Conn. (1980-1984) - M.A. in International Relations - B.A., summa cum laude in Economics & Political Science; Honors: Arthur Twining Hadley Prize; Charles W. Clark Prize, Phi Beta Kappa

 

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

The Call from Algeria: Third Worldism, Revolution, and the Turn to Islam           

University of California Press, November 1996

"Beyond Moderates and Militants: How Obama Can Chart a New Course in the Middle East" (with Peter Harling), Foreign Affairs(2010)

With Hussein Agha:

  • "Camp David: The Tragedy of Errors", The New York Review of Books (2001)
  • "The Last Negotiations: How to End the Middle East Peace Process",Foreign Affairs (2002
  • "A Durable Middle East Peace", American Prospect (2003)
  • "Three Men in a Boat",The New York Review of Books (2003)
  • "The Last Palestinian",The New York Review of Books(2005)
  • "Hamas: The Perils of Power", The New York Review of Books (2006)
  • "The Road from Mecca", The New York Review of Books (2007)
  • "Peace Fills a Vacuum", The New York Times(2008)
  • Into the Lion's Den", The New York Review of Books (2008)
  • "How not to Make Peace in the Middle East", The New York Review of Books (2009)
  • "Obama and the Middle East", The New York Review of Books (2009)
  • "The Two-State Solution Doesn't Solve Anything",The New York Times (2009)
  • "Israel and Palestine: Can they Start Over?", The New York Review of Books (2009)
  • "Who's Afraid of the Palestinians?", The New York Review of Books (2011)
  • “In post-Mubarak Egypt, the rebirth of the Arab world”,The Washington Post (2011)
  • "The Arab Counterrevolution", The New York Review of Books (2011)
  • "This is Not a Revolution", The New York Review of Books (2012) 
Advancing a dignified Israeli-Palestinian peace, an end to occupation and mutual security for both peoples. Presenting policymakers in the United States, MENA and the broader international community with analysis and policy options to promote de-escalation and prevent and resolve conflicts in the region. Guided by an eminent international board and senior advisors.