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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 have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalForeign Policy, and The New RepublicHe 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
The Coronavirus Could Kill Millions. U.S.-Iran Hostilities Will Make It Worse.The New RepublicMarch 23, 2020
Trump Hurts an Ally and Helps the TerroristsThe New York TimesJanuary 5, 2020
The Enduring American Presence in the Middle EastForeign AffairsAugust 7, 2019
The Trump Administration’s 10 Most Dangerous Actions Concerning IranCenter for American ProgressMay 21, 2019
Amid Revolutionary Change at Home, Ethiopia Is Remaking Its Middle East TiesWorld Politics ReviewApril 9, 2019
Testimony of Daniel Benaim Before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International TerrorismHouse Foreign Affairs CommitteeApril 3, 2019
How About Some Candor in Middle East Policy?The New RepublicJanuary 9, 2019
Kurdistan’s New MomentCenter for American ProgressDecember 18, 2018
China’s Aggressive Surveillance Technology Will Spread Beyond Its BordersSlateAugust 9, 2018
Water Wars on the NileForeign AffairsAugust 9, 2018
3 Things to Know About Iraq’s ProtestsThe National InterestAugust 9, 2018
Seizing the Diplomatic Initiative in SyriaCenter for American ProgressJuly 19, 2018
The Next Phase in Iraq’s TransitionCenter for American ProgressJuly 2, 2018
Playing the Long Game in IraqWar on the RocksMay 18, 2018
Trump’s Passive-Aggressive Syria Policy Risks Creating More Mayhem in the Middle EastForeign PolicyApril 16, 2018
The Passive Foreign Policy PresidentThe New RepublicMarch 21, 2018
Rex Tillerson Was a Horrible Secretary of State. Mike Pompeo Could Be Worse.The National InterestMarch 14, 2018
Trump’s Middle East Policy: The Good(ish), the Bad, and the UglyThe New RepublicJanuary 19, 2018
Engage and CompeteCenter for American ProgressJanuary 18, 2018
Egypt First: Under Sisi, Cairo Is Going Its Own WayForeign AffairsJanuary 4, 2018
Trump’s Blank Check for Saudi ArabiaNew RepublicNovember 8, 2017
Cautious Optimism in IraqU.S. News & World ReportNovember 8, 2017
Strengthening U.S. Options on IranCenter for American ProgressSeptember 28, 2017
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