Faysal Itani

Faysal Itani

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.

Latest Articles

Lebanon: The Regime and Its Future After the Beirut Blast

Lebanon: The Regime and Its Future After the Beirut Blast

https://soundcloud.com/cgpolicy/lebanon-regime-and-its-future The Lodestar, Episode 28 Kamran Bokhari and Faysal Itani discuss Lebanon’s multiple crises and the Beirut port explosion that

The Makhlouf Incident and the Infighting Within the Syrian Regime

The Makhlouf Incident and the Infighting Within the Syrian Regime

On April 30, Rami Makhlouf, who is a cousin of Syrian President Bashar Assad and is thought to be Syria’s

Unfreezing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Unfreezing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is principally about geography and the anxieties it fuels. Any peace deal that does not address these

Killing Soleimani: Calculating the Cost of Retaliation

Killing Soleimani: Calculating the Cost of Retaliation

The U.S. drone strike that targeted and killed top Iranian commander, Maj-Gen. Qassem Soleimani, generated an extraordinary amount of controversy