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Henri J. Barkey

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies

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Expert Bio

Henri J. Barkey is an adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Chair in International Relations at Lehigh University. At CFR he works on the strategic future of the Kurds in the Middle East. Previously he was the Director of the Middle East Center at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars (2015-2017). Barkey served as chair of the Department of International Relations at Lehigh University for thirteen years. He served on the State Department Policy Planning Staff (1998-2000) working on the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and intelligence-related issues. He was a non-resident Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (2008-2011). Currently he also serves as the chair of the Academic Committee on the Board of Trustees of the American University in Iraq, Sulaimani. He has written extensively on Turkey, the Kurds and other Middle East issues.

Affiliations:

  • American University in Iraq Sulaimani, chair of the academic committee on the board of trustees
  • Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Turkey program board of advisors
  • Lehigh University, Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen chair in international relations
  • Middle East Journal, editorial board member

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