July 9, 2013 – Dr. Nabeel Khoury, a Foreign Service officer with the rank of minister counselor, has joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow on the Middle East and national security. Khoury is available to comment on Egypt’s political unrest and other emerging political and cultural changes taking place across the Middle East and North Africa.
Previously, Dr. Khoury was director of the Near East South Asia Office of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research from 2008 to 2012. Khoury also served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Yemen (2004-2007) and deputy director of the Media Outreach Centre in London (2002-2004). In 2003, during the Iraq war, Khoury served as department spokesperson at US Central Command in Doha and in Baghdad.
“I’m delighted with this opportunity to work for The Chicago Council. Of all the exciting assignments I have had in my career, this one is special because it will allow me to reflect on issues of the day and write for publication, without giving up the option of engaging political actors in the Middle East and offering to assist them in the democratic transition challenges they face,” said Khoury.
Khoury, who was Consul General in Morocco from 1998 to 2002, was serving in Casablanca when it established its sister city relationship with Chicago.
Chicago Council Chairman’s Circle member John DeBlasio, a member of the Council’s 2013 class of Emerging Leaders and executive director of the Global Peace and Development Charitable Trust, is providing generous support for this new position at the Council.
As a Chicago Council fellow, Dr. Khoury plans to pursue projects and programs that highlight America’s role in the Middle East as well as the emerging political and cultural changes taking place across the Middle East and North Africa.
“Nabeel’s expertise, experience and contacts will benefit the Council enormously. It’s a great match,” said Rachel Bronson, vice president of studies for The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “We’re grateful for John’s support in making it possible for us to bring Nabeel to the Council and to Chicago.”
Before his Foreign Service career, Khoury was an assistant professor of political science at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, and earlier, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Jordan in Amman. During his years in academe, Khoury published articles on issues of leadership and development in the Arab world in The Middle East Journal, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and The International Journal of Middle East Studies. His most recent article on the regional impact of the Arab uprising, appears in the summer 2013 issue of Middle East Policy.