Emile Hokayem

Emile Hokayem

Senior Fellow for Middle East Security



  • Regional politics and security in the Middle East
  • The Gulf states, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Israel, Syria and Lebanon
  • Inter-state and intra-state politics and conflict, defence policy, role of non-state actors, role of external actors in the region

Languages: English, French, Arabic

Summary: Emile Hokayem is the Senior Fellow for Middle East Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, based out of its headquarters in London. He specialises in political and conflict analysis, including the wars in Syria, Iraq and Yemen; relations between Iran and its Arab neighbours; the rise of non-state actors, including jihadi groups and Hizbullah; national security and defense policy in the Arab states; the interests and involvement of external actors in the Middle East.

He regularly provides analysis on Middle East affairs to governments, corporations and the media. His commentary has featured in the New York Times, the Financial Times, The Economist, Al-Hayat, Asharq Al-Awsat, Foreign Policy, Le Monde, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the BBC, NPR and other outlets.


  • 2008–2010: Political editor and international affairs columnist, The National (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • 2004–2008: Research Fellow for the Middle East, The Stimson Center (Washington DC, US)


About the Middle East and the Gulf Programme:

The Middle East research programme places a strong emphasis on the study of regional security and conflict in the Levant, the Gulf and the North Africa regions. The Programme’s research team identifies and analyses the drivers, actors, trajectories and consequences of key Middle Eastern crises. 

Joined IISS: October 2010

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