Author: Professor Gregory Aftandilian

Professor Gregory Aftandilian

Professor Gregory Aftandilian is a Non-resident Fellow at the Arab Center Washington DC, and a Senior Professorial Lecturer at American University where he teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy. Professor Aftandilian is also an adjunct faculty member at Boston University and George Mason University, teaching courses on Middle East politics. Previously, he worked for the U.S. government for over 20 years in such capacities as Professional Staff Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Middle East Analyst at the U.S. Department of State. He holds B.A. in History from Dartmouth College, M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from University of Chicago, and M.Sc. in International Relations from London School of Economics.


Iranian-Saudi Rapprochement: Searching for Substance Amid Symbolism


The recent announcement that Iran and Saudi Arabia would restore their bilateral diplomatic relations has...


The Gulf and Ben-Gvir: GCC-Israel Relations Under the New Netanyahu Governm...


The provocative visit of Itamar Ben-Gvir, a far-right Israeli lawmaker and the country’s new Minister...


Lessons of History: The Fleeting Nature of Iran-Russia Collaboration


Isolated from the international community and full of antipathy toward the West, Iran and Russia...


Why Houthis Rejected the Ceasefire Extension

Defense & Security

Frustrated by the failure of Yemen’s warring factions to extend the ceasefire on October 1,...


Gulf Governments Taking the Wrong Message from the Gorbachev Experience

Politics & Governance

The death of the last Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, on August 30, 2022 provides opportunity...


Why President Biden Wants to Revive the Iran Deal

U.S. – Gulf Policy

Last week, the Biden administration announced that it had agreed to engage with Iran yet...


History Rhymes: Comparing the Kennedy and Biden Policies toward Riyadh

U.S. – Gulf Policy

History does not always repeat itself but in some cases it comes close. Examining the...

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