Deputy Director, Human Security Unit
Faysal Itani is Deputy Director of the Human Security Unit at the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy. He is also an adjunct professor of Middle East politics at Georgetown University and the Deputy Editor of Newlines Magazine.
Itani was born and grew up in Beirut, Lebanon and has lived and worked in several Middle East countries. Before joining the Newlines Institute, he was Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council working on US policy in the Middle East. He has also worked in private intelligence as a risk analyst advising governments, corporations, and international organizations on political, economic, and security issues in the Middle East. Itani has repeatedly briefed the United States government and its allies on the conflict in Syria and its effects on their interests. He has been widely published and quoted in prominent media including The New York Times, TIME, Politico, The Washington Post, CNN, US News, Huffington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.
Itani holds an MA in strategic studies and international economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a certificate in public policy from Georgetown University, and a BA in business from the American University of Beirut. He tweets at @faysalitani.
Kamran Bokhari and Faysal Itani discuss Lebanon’s multiple crises and the Beirut port explosion that served as a culmination of the problems the country is facing.
The rift reveals deepening dysfunction amid unprecedented pressure on the Assad regime and, if not resolved quickly, raises the prospect of a long, complicated intra-regime conflict.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is principally about geography and the anxieties it fuels. Any peace deal that does not address these concerns from the outset is doomed, as is any deal that sees support from Arab regimes as an adequate substitute for Palestinian buy-in.
While some admire President Donald Trump’s boldness in targeting Soleimani, many others were quick to decry it as a mistake. Any judgment should assess the killing against its actual goals.