Grant Rumley is a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he specializes in military and security affairs in the Middle East.
From 2018 to 2021, Grant served in both the Trump and Biden administrations as an advisor for Middle East Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. While in OSD Middle East Policy, Grant served in multiple roles, including as deputy chief of staff, Syria director, Jordan director, and Israel director. In this capacity, Grant supported senior OSD leadership on key defense issues in the Middle East.
Prior to joining OSD, Grant was a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where his research focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is the co-author of The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas (Prometheus, 2017), the first English-language biography of the Palestinian leader. Prior to joining FDD, Grant was a visiting fellow at Mitvim: the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies.
Grant has an M.A. in Middle East studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a B.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University, and has studied at the University of Alexandria, Egypt.