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Barak Barfi

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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 New America , 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, Atlantic, and 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 often 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

Egypt's New Realism: Challenges Under Sisi

September 11, 2018

Policy Focus

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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