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Expertise: Middle East policy, speechwriting, U.S. foreign policy

Daniel Benaim is a senior fellow at American Progress, researching U.S. policy in the Middle East, as well as a visiting lecturer at New York University. Previously, he served as a Middle East policy adviser and foreign policy speechwriter at the White House, the Department of State, and the U.S. Senate. He was also an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Until June 2015, he was foreign policy speechwriter and Middle East adviser to former Vice President Joe Biden, traveling with the vice president to 25 countries. Before that, he wrote speeches for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Deputy Secretaries Bill Burns and Tom Nides and served as a member of Secretary Clinton’s policy planning staff covering Egypt. Benaim also has been a professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chief speechwriter to former Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), and a detailee to the National Security Council staff. Additionally, he designed and taught a graduate speechwriting course at George Washington University.

Benaim’s writings on behalf of government officials have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs. Publications under his own name include the International Herald TribuneThe Boston Globe, and The American Prospect. He received his M.A. in law and diplomacy from The Fletcher School and his B.A. in English literature from Yale University. He is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

By Daniel Benaim
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Here’s How Congress Can Save the State DepartmentForeign PolicySeptember 11, 2017
The Problem Isn’t Just Who Trump Has Offended — It’s Who He Hasn’tForeign PolicyJuly 11, 2017
What We Know About Donald Trump’s Middle East PolicyNew RepublicMay 19, 2017
Trump’s First 100 Days in the Middle EastCenter for American ProgressApril 26, 2017
What Trump Should Ask SisiPoliticoApril 3, 2017
Will Trump Scuttle the Success of Retaking Mosul?Foreign PolicyMarch 20, 2017
How Congress Can Help President Trump Write the Next Chapter of U.S. Policy in IraqThe HillMarch 15, 2017
The Global War on TourismU.S. News & World ReportMarch 9, 2017
Setting the Terms for U.S.-Egypt RelationsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 21, 2017
6 Steps the Trump Administration Should Take in IraqCenter for American ProgressFebruary 13, 2017
President Trump Needs to Reverse Course on Iraq – and Fast.RealClearDefenseFebruary 1, 2017
How the Battle to Expel ISIS From Mosul Sets Up Challenges for Next U.S. PresidentThe Wall Street JournalOctober 28, 2016
How Cheap Oil is Changing the GulfThe National InterestApril 20, 2016
As Syria Crisis Worsens, an Option to Help Refugees Help ThemselvesThe Wall Street JournalFebruary 11, 2016