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Mamoun Fandy is President of the research group and think tank Fandy Associates. He is a senior fellow at both the Baker Institute and the United States Institute of Peace. Fandy has been a Politics professor at Georgetown University, as well as Arab Politics at the National Defense University. His primary research has centered on the politics of the Arab world, including terrorism, regional security, and radical Islamic politics. Fandy’s articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. He is a columnist for Al-Ahram and Asharq Al-Awsat, the two largest pan-Arab daily newspapers.

In 2003, Fandy was named to the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab & Muslim World, under the US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.


Public DiplomacyEdit

In a 2002 NewsHour interview, Fandy discusses the role of news and media in the Arab world, and comments on the US government’s public diplomacy campaigns. Taking place prior to his designation on the US Advisory, Fandy explains that the government’s push to change public opinion of the US in the Middle East has largely been a failed effort. Unable to correctly “sell�? their message, US officials must realize that a prominent leader with local ties is necessary to truly capture public sentiment. Fandy argues that the State Department’s execution of such efforts have not found their way, noting media outlets in the region all have inherent weaknesses that make delivering the American message difficult.

In 1999, Fandy authored Saudi Arabia and the Politics of Dissent, largely considered to be the foremost authority on Islamic violence and terrorism within the academic community.


Publications, Commentary & ResourcesEdit

  • America and the Arab World After September 11th by Mamoun Fandy. Masr al-Mahrousa, 2003. (Arabic)



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