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David Pollock

Kaufman Fellow

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David Pollock is the Kaufman Fellow at The Washington Institute, focusing on regional political dynamics and related issues.

Areas of Expertise

Iraq, Israel, North Africa, Palestinians, Arab and Islamic Politics, Arab-Israeli Relations, Democracy and Reform, Peace Process

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Biography

David Pollock, the Kaufman fellow at The Washington Institute, focuses on the political dynamics of Middle East countries. He served previously as senior advisor for the Broader Middle East at the State Department, a post he assumed in 2002. In that capacity, he provided policy advice on issues of democracy and reform in the region, with a focus on women's rights. He also helped launch the department's $15 million Iraqi Women's Democracy Initiative and the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council, working directly with advocates across the Middle East.

From 1996 to 2001, Dr. Pollock served in several other State Department policy advisory positions covering South Asia and the Middle East, including four years as regional expert on the secretary of state's Policy Planning Staff. Previously, he was chief of Near East/South Asia/Africa research at the U.S. Information Agency, where he supervised the government's study of public opinion, elite attitudes, and media content across the three regions. In 1995-1996, he was a scholar-in-residence at The Washington Institute, where he authored the widely read Policy Paper The 'Arab Street'? Public Opinion in the Arab World.

Dr. Pollock has served as a visiting lecturer at Harvard University and as assistant professor at George Washington University. He has traveled widely in the Middle East and maintains a large network of contacts in government, academia, and business throughout the region.

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Education

Ph.D., Harvard University; B.A., Harvard College

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Languages Spoken / Read

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Hebrew

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Publications

Beyond Words:

September 17, 2013

Policy Focus

Actions, Not Just Attitudes:

June 17, 2010

Policy Focus

Prevent Breakdown, Prepare for Breakthrough:

December 21, 2008

Policy Focus

Kuwait:

November 6, 2007

Policy Focus

Slippery Polls:

April 11, 2008

Policy Focus

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Most Recent Analysis

Palestinian-Israeli Incitement Can and Should Be Curbed, Especially Now

December 16, 2014

U.S. Should Cut Aid to Palestine for Supporting Terrorists

November 19, 2014

Jordanian Public Keen on Hamas, But Not ISIS or the Muslim Brotherhood

October 30, 2014

New Poll Shows Majority of Saudis, Kuwaitis, Emiratis Reject ISIS, Back Two-State Solution with Israel

October 23, 2014

ISIS Has Almost No Popular Support in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, or Lebanon

October 14, 2014

Abbas at the UN: A Listener's Guide

September 24, 2014

How Many Civilians Have Been Killed in Gaza?

August 20, 2014

The Conflict in Gaza: Recalculating the Political-Military Equation

July 25, 2014

Hamas in Arab Eyes: Few Signs of Revival, Except in West Bank

July 24, 2014

Gaza Public Rejects Hamas, Wants Ceasefire

July 15, 2014

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