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Barak Barfi

Adjunct Fellow


barfi@newamerica.net

Barak Barfi is a research fellow at the New America Foundation, where he specializes in Arab and Islamic Affairs.

Areas of Expertise

Arab and Islamic Politics

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Biography

Barak Barfi is a research fellow at the New America Foundation, where he specializes in Arab and Islamic Affairs, and a former visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.  His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Foreign Policy, Daily Beast, The Atlantic, and The New Republic, in addition to being regularly featured in Project Syndicate.  He has also extensively published in leading foreign publications such as The Australian, Der Standard, The Guardian, Die Welt, and El Pais.  Barak has published several monographs and encyclopedia articles on topics such as al-Qaeda, Libya and Yemen.  He has been quoted in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, TIME, The Atlantic, Le Monde, and The Daily Telegraph.  He is a frequent commentator on CNN, BBC, MSNBC and Fox News.  Barak frequently testifies before Congress on issues ranging from al-Qaeda to the Syrian conflict.  Before entering the think tank world, Barak worked as a correspondent for Associated Press and as a producer for ABC News affiliates where he reported from countries such as Iraq and Lebanon.  He has lived in half a dozen Middle East countries including Libya and Yemen.  Barak did his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and his graduate studies at Columbia University.  He is fluent in Arabic and French and proficient in German.

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Languages Spoken / Read

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German

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Publications

Ascent of the PYD and the SDF

April 7, 2016

Research Notes

In War's Wake:

February 24, 2012

Policy Focus

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Most Recent Analysis

Assad Bombs the Kurds: Implications for U.S. Strategy in Syria

August 23, 2016

Ascent of the PYD and the SDF

April 7, 2016

Kurds Now Our Best Ally Against ISIS in Syria

October 9, 2015

Khalifa Haftar: Rebuilding Libya from the Top Down

August 20, 2014

The Fractious Politics of Syria's Kurds

December 18, 2013

Al Qaeda's Syrian Strategy

October 10, 2013

Libya's Uncertain Post-Electoral Direction

July 23, 2012

In War's Wake:

The Struggle for Post-Qadhafi Libya

February 24, 2012

Arafat's Very Own Terror Brigades

August 5, 2003