- US foreign policy
- Middle East and North Africa security
Background: Steven Simon is Executive Director of the IISS–US and Corresponding Director of IISS–Middle East. Until the beginning of this year, he served on the National Security Staff at the White House, where he was the senior director for Middle Eastern and North African affairs. Prior to re-entering government in early 2011, he was principal and senior adviser to Good Harbor Consulting, LLC in Abu Dhabi, which advises the Court of the Crown Prince and key agencies on security matters, as well as adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Goldman Sachs visiting professor at Princeton University. Before this, he was Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Council and adjunct professor of security studies at Georgetown University. Before joining CFR, Steven Simon specialised in Middle Eastern affairs at the RAND Corporation. He came to RAND from London, where he was the assistant director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and Carol Deane senior fellow in US security studies. His duties at IISS followed five years at the White House as director for global issues and senior director for transnational threats on the National Security Council staff. During this period, he was involved in US counter-terrorism policy and operations as well as security policy in the Near East and South Asia. These assignments followed a 15-year career at the US State Department.
Steven is the co-author of The Age of Sacred Terror (Random House, 2002), which won the 2004 Arthur Ross Book Award for best book on international relations, and co-editor of Iraq at the Crossroads: State and Society in the Shadow of Regime Change (Oxford University Press, 2003). He is also the co-author of Building a Successful Palestinian State (RAND Corporation, 2005) and The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State (RAND Corporation, 2005). Most recently, he co-authored The Next Attack (Henry Holt, 2005), which examines the evolution of the jihad since September 11, 2001 and America’s response, and which was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize in 2006. His most recent book, co-authored with Dana Allin, is The Sixth Crisis: Iran, Israel, America and the Rumors of War (Oxford University Press, 2010). At this time he has resumed work on a new book on the Middle East in the Cold War.
Steven has published in Time, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Times, Foreign Affairs, the New Republic, the New York Review of Books, Survival, the National Interest, World Policy Journal, and other journals. He is a frequent guest on CNN, BBC, ABC, 60 Minutes, Nightline, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Fox, and NPR.
He has a BA from Columbia University in classics and Near Eastern languages, an MTS in New Testament and Christian origins from the Harvard Divinity School, and an MPA from Princeton University. He was a university fellow at Brown University, international affairs fellow at Oxford University, and Bosch Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.
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- Daniel Benjamin, Steven Simon (2002), The Age of Sacred Terror. Radical Islam's War Against America, Random House
- Daniel Benjamin, Steven Simon (2006). The Next Attack: The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right. Holt Paperbacks
- Dana H. Allin, Steven Simon (2011). The sixth crisis: Iran, Israel, America and the rumors of war. Oxford University Press.