- Senior Fellow
Noam Raydan is a Senior Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. She writes on topics related to the energy and shipping industries in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Lebanon and Iraq.
Prior to joining the Institute in June 2023, Raydan was an independent energy researcher and consultant working in Baghdad and Beirut. Her work has been published by various media outlets, including MEES, Forbes, Amwaj.media, and Energy Fuse. In 2021, she took charge of preparing an investigative report and a documentary on Lebanon's energy imports sector, including the country's efforts to import oil products from Iraq. Raydan also publishes a Substack newsletter, THE CHOKEPOINT, in which she shares rare historical documents shedding light on the history of some Middle Eastern countries, with a focus on their energy, industrial, and shipping sectors.
Prior to becoming an independent researcher, Raydan was a geopolitical analyst at ClipperData (now Kpler), a New York-based energy market research firm, covering the MENA region. She assessed how political and macroeconomic developments affect energy markets.
She also has extensive experience covering political and security developments in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq, for media outlets including the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.
Raydan was a research assistant and research associate at the Institute between 2013 and 2015 focusing on political and security developments in Lebanon and Syria.