He has appeared on more than 40 networks including CNN, Fox, BBC,
VOA, Al-Hurra (in Arabic), France 24 and Russia Today. His articles have
been published in The New York Times, the Middle East Times, The
Washington Post and the Washington Times, The International Herald
Tribune, The Times (London), The San Diego Union Tribune, Foreign
Service Journal, Middle East Policy Journal, Salon.com, The American
Conservative, The National, Khaleej Times and many others.
Books Published:Black September to Desert Storm, (1997). While the Arab World Slept: the impact of the Bush years on the Middle East, (2009). Islam Without a Veil, (2011), contributing author of The Iraq War, (2002), and Inauguration Day, (2015).
Professional history: Current: Political analyst and
commentator with The Arab Weekly, contributor to Huffington Post
commentary pages and other free-lance assignments. Worked for United
Press International Radio and The Washington Times Radio, produced and
recorded a daily radio segment.
Over the course of a 35-plus-year career traveled to 87 countries
reporting on major events. Previous posts included Beirut, Cairo,
Brussels, Paris, London, Baghdad, Kuwait, New York, Washington, DC and
Covered a dozen conflicts in the Middle East and Europe, including
Arab-Israeli wars, Lebanese civil war, the Iranian revolution, the
Iraq-Iran war, the deployment of the multinational force in Lebanon and
the bombing of the US Marines barracks, the Velvet Revolution in Prague,
the downfall of communism in Eastern Europe, the Iraqi invasion of
Kuwait and the first Gulf War. Traveled with US presidents, secretaries
of State and multiple foreign dignitaries. As an analyst wrote
extensively on the events since the terrorist attacks of September 11,
2001 and the ensuing wars in the Middle East and for about 12 years was
published in the commentary pages of The Washington Times.
Was wounded three times and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Prior to that worked as a freelance journalist covering the Middle East & North Africa.
Working on special assignment for the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe, (OSCE) conducting numerous training seminars for
Kosovar journalists and policemen on how to avoid escalating crises into
conflicts. And on special assignment for Search for Common Ground
trained Palestinian journalists in the West Bank and Gaza on
Helped draft a white paper for the Obama administration on how to
proceed in the Middle East and wrote a policy paper for the Cato
Institution on the Syria Accountability Act. developed and taught a
course in public diplomacy at Royal Roads University.
Educational Experience: Fluent in English, French, Italian,
and Arabic and has a working knowledge of Spanish and started learning
Russian. Holds an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal
Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia. Member of the
London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).
Senior fellow at the Washington, D C -based Institute of World Affairs.
Appeared as a guest lecturer at top universities, including: American
University (Washington, DC) American University of Beirut, Catholic
University, Washington, DC, Georgetown University, George Mason
University, Fairfax, VA, New York University, Pepperdine University,
Royal Roads University (Associate Professor), Victoria, BC, Canada,
University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, University of California at San
Diego, San Diego, CA.
Work with Think Tanks: International Institute for Strategic Studies - member.
Center for American Progress; Middle East Institute, Potomac Institute.
CATO Institution, Hudson Institute. King Abdullah II Foundation. Aspen
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) - Organized
and ran 15-day seminars for Kosovar journalists and police.
Search for Common Ground - Organized and conducted courses on
journalistic ethics for Palestinian journalists in Gaza and the West
Iraqi Institute for Strategic Studies - Conducted a one-week seminar for Iraqi journalists.