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Daniel Brumberg



Spring 2016:
  • Dynamics of Change and Conflict in the Middle East
Spring 2017:
  • Conflict and Political Change in the Middle East
PSIA Program: Concentration in Middle Eastern Studies


Daniel Brumberg is a an Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University and Director of Democracy and Governance Studies at Georgetown University. He is also a Special Adviser at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and a Senior Non-Resident Fellow on the Project on Middle EAst Democracy (POMED). Prior to coming to GU, he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at Emory University, a Visiting Fellow in the Middle East Program in the Jimmy Carter Center, and a Lecturer at the University of Chicago's Social Science Masters Program. Brumberg is the author of Reinventing Khomeini, The Struggle for Reform in Iran, (University of Chicago Press), and the Co-Editor (with Dina Shehata) of Conflict, Identity and Reform in the Muslim World, Challenges for US Engagement (USIP Press). The author of numerous articles on political and social change in the Islamic world, Brumberg has served as a consultant to the US Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development. Along with Dr. Farideh Farhi he is currently finishing a co-edited book to be published in April 2016 by Indiana University Press, Power, Conflict and Conciliation: Dynamics of Change in Iran. A PhD from the University of Chicago, he speaks French and Arabic and has studied or worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He lives in Washington DC with his wife Laurie, their son Gabriel and their two cats, Bisou and Jazzpurr.


Power and Political Change in Iran: The Politics of Contention and Conciliation Co-Editor with Farideh Farhi, (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, Forthcoming: Fall, 2015).

Identity, Conflict and Reform in the Muslim World: Challenges for US Engagement, co-edited with Dina Shehata, (Washington DC: USIP Press, 2009).

Moyen Orient: L’Enjeu Democratique (Paris: Editions Michalon, 2003).

Islam and Democracy in the Middle East, with Larry Diamond and Marc Plattner, eds., (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press: 2003).

Reinventing Khomeini: The Struggle for Reform In Iran (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001)

Diversity and the Challenge of Difference, {in Arabic}. Editor, (London and Beirut: Dar Al Saqi Press: 1997).

"Khomeini, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Arab World," with Marvin Zonis, Harvard Middle East Papers, No. 5, 1988.

Publications: Journals

Transforming the Arab World’s Protection Racket Politics,” Journal of Democracy, (July 2013), Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 83-103. 

Islam is Not the Solution (Or the Problem)” The Washington Quarterly 29.1 (2005) 97-116

“The Trap of Liberalized Autocracy,” Journal of Democracy 13.4 (2002) 56-68

“Islamists and the Politics of Consensus,” Journal of Democracy, (July 2002), Vol. 13, no. 3, 109-15.

“Prospects for Political Accommodation in Iran,” Middle East Insight (Fall 2001).

“Dissonant Politics in Iran and Indonesia,” Political Science Quarterly Volume 116, Issue 3, (Fall 2001) 381-411.

“Is Iran Democratizing? A Comparativist’s Perspective,” Journal of Democracy, Volume 2, October2000, 129-34.                 

Publications: Online Articles and Blogs:

“Duplicating Tunisia’s Nobel?”  http://www.usip.org/olivebranch/2015/10/14/well-earned-nobel-peace-prize-won-t-inoculate-tunisia-tumult

“Could Tunisian National Dialogue ever be replicated?” https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2015/10/12/could-tunisias-national-dialogue-model-ever-be-replicated 

“The US-Turkish Strategic Dialogue: Proposals for Progress” http://www.usip.org/olivebranch/2015/07/21/us-turkey-dialogue-ideas-curb-the-spread-of-wmd

From Détente to Meltdown?” USIP (Co-Published with foreignpolicy.com Peace Channel), March 20, 2014, http://www.usip.org/publications/d-tente-meltdown

A Moderate Proposal,” foreignpolicy.com, January 6, 2014, http://foreignpolicy.com/2014/01/06/a-moderate-proposal/

Will Egypt’s Agony Save the Arab Spring,” foreignpolicy.com, August 21, 2013. http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/08/21/will-egypts-agony-save-the-arab-spring/

“Will Tunisia’s Transition Survive?” USIP Olive Branch, July 29, 2103. http://www.usip.org/olivebranch/killing-in-tunis-will-tunisia-s-transition-survive 

The Resurgence of the Egyptian State,” foreignpolicy.com, July 8, 2013. http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/07/08/the-resurgence-of-the-egyptian-state/

In Egypt, Rage Must Lead to Game Plan,” CNN Opinion, July 2, 2013,


“Real Politics in Iran,” (with Farideh Farhi) foreignpolicy.com, June 25, 2013, http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/06/25/real-politics-in-iran/

“Will Iran’s Next President Be a Force for Change?? USIP Olive Branch, June 18, 2013 http://www.usip.org/olivebranch/will-iran-s-next-president-be-force-change

Can Egypt unite?Foreignpolicy.com, Monday, June 25, 2012


Sustaining mechanics of Arab autocracies Sustaining Mechanics of Arab Autocracies,” ForeignPolicy.com December 2011. 

“The Limits to Obama’s Muslim Outreach,” Berkley Center, Georgetown University, Islam and the West, Berkley Center, Georgetown University, “Islam and the West” November 15, 2010 http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/posts/the-limits-to-obama-s-muslim-outreach

“Setting Diplomatic Traps,” Berkley Center, Georgetown University, Islam and the West, June 7, 2010. http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/posts/setting-diplomatic-traps

“Engagement and Peacemaking,” Berkley Center, Georgetown University, Islam and the West, April 27, 2010. http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/posts/engagement-and-peacemaking

Publications: Book Chapters and Monographs:

Theorizing the Arab Spring,” in Marc Lynch (ed.), The Arab Uprisings Explained: New Contentious Politics in the Middle East, (Columbia University Press: 2014).

“Global Authoritarians and the Arab Spring: Challenges for US Diplomacy” with Steven Heydemann, USIP and Wilson Center Monograph Number 1 (Winter, 2012).

“The Politics of Security Sector Reform in Egypt,” USIP Special Report, October, 2102 http://www.usip.org/publications/the-politics-security-sector-reform-in-egypt

“The Internal Politics of Iranian Oil: Between Markets and Politics,” with Ariel Ahram. Baker Institute Energy Reform, Rice University, March 2007, http://bakerinstitute.org/media/files/event/25c5b310/Hou-Brumberg-Iran.pd 

“Liberalization Versus Democracy: Understanding Arab Political Reform,” Working Papers, Middle East Series (Washington DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2003).

"From Strategic Shock to Strategic Gain: Egypt's Role in the Gulf War" in Friends In Need: Burden-Sharing in the Gulf War, A. Bennett, J. Lepgold, D. Unger editors (St. Martin's Press: Summer 1997).

"Khomeini's Legacy" in Scott Appleby (ed.), Spokesmen of the Despised: Fundamentalist Leaders in the Middle East (The University of Chicago Press: 1996) 

"Rhetoric and Strategy: Islamic Movements and Democracy in the Contemporary Middle East" in The Islamism Debate, Martin Kramer, editor, (Tel Aviv: Moshe Dayan Center for Middle East Studies: Winter 1996).

"Comparative Reform Strategies in the Arab World” in Rex Brynen and Bahgat Korany, (eds.), Politica Liberalization and Democratization in the Arab World (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Press, 1995).

"Survival Strategies vs. Democratic Bargains: The Politics of Economic Stabilization in Contemporary Egypt," in Henri Barkey (ed.), Economic Crisis and Political Response: The Politics of Economic Reform in the Middle East, St. Martins Press, 1992.



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