Jon B. Alterman

Jon B. Alterman is a Senior Advisor to Teneo. In addition to his role at Teneo, Dr. Alterman is a senior vice president, holds the Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and is director of the Middle East Program at CSIS.

Background

Jon B. Alterman is a Senior Advisor to Teneo. In addition to his role at Teneo, Dr. Alterman is a senior vice president, holds the Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and is director of the Middle East Program at CSIS. Prior to joining CSIS in 2002, he served as a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State and as a special assistant to the assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs. He has been an adviser to and member of several U.S. government panels, and he has testified numerous times before the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the UK House of Lords. He taught for many years at Harvard (from which he received his Ph.D.), the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and George Washington University. Alterman has lectured in more than 30 countries on five continents on subjects related to the Middle East and U.S. policy toward the region. He is the author or coauthor of four books on the Middle East and the editor of five more, and he appears regularly in leading global media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CNN and NPR. A former staff member for Senator Daniel P. Moynihan (D-NY), Alterman is also a frequent briefer to senior U.S. and foreign government officials, corporate boards and business leaders.

MENA: Saudi-US relations under the spotlight

( 4 mins) The US intelligence community assessment on the Khashoggi assassination is not as damaging as feared. Biden’s strategy is not to downgrade the relationship, but instead to make it conditions-based. Congressional pressure is likely to grow

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EGYPT: Continuing to Cruise in Choppy Waters

( 4 mins) Egypt’s economy continues to outpace the rest of the Middle East, despite the effects of COVID-19 on tourism and shipping. The state remains the key driver of the economy, focused on major, visible projects. Egypt’s

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LEBANON: Still stuck

( 5 mins) Lebanon’s governance crisis has continued, driven by traditional sectarian parties’ determination to retain control. The French-led effort to guide Lebanon’s politics toward reform remains the principal external driver of events, but internal dynamics continue to

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LEBANON: Concurrent crises and no solution in sight

( 5 mins) Press play to listen Lebanon’s economic crisis represents a long-anticipated reckoning. Widespread regional hostility to Iran, combined with a limited Iranian ability to help, constrains Lebanon’s choices still further. A messy political re-ordering is in

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