Samer Abu Libdeh
- Visiting Fellow
Samer Abu Libdeh, a Fulbright/American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellowship Program scholar, is a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute, where he will be conducting research on democratization in Jordan.
Mr. Abu Libdeh is executive director of Interaction Forum for Development in Jordan, a firm focusing on training workshops, media consultancy, capacity building for nongovernmental organizations, and Arab-Israeli people-to-people projects. He also works as a freelance journalist covering Jordanian and Arab politics and society. Previously, he worked as a foreign desk editor for the business daily al-Aswaq and for the Amman and Baghdad bureaus of NBC News.
Mr. Abu Libdeh holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Jordan and a postgraduate certificate in public policy and civil society from the University of the Middle East Project and Universidad de Castilla la Mancha in Toledo, Spain. He has worked in Tunisia and traveled extensively across Europe and the Middle East.
Expertise: Domestic politics and society in Jordan, reform and democratization in the Arab Middle East, Arab-Israeli peace building
Current Research: Democracy process in Jordan, U.S.-Jordanian development relations, Jordanian-Palestinian relations after Israeli disengagement
Selected Outside Publications:• Historical Dictionary of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Scarecrow Press, forthcoming).