Kim Ghattas

Nonresident Senior Fellow
Kim Ghattas is a nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
 

Education

BA, American University of Beirut

Languages

Arabic; English; French

 

Kim Ghattas is a nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She is the author of Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Forty Year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture Religion and Collective Memory in the Middle East. She was previously a public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars from April to September 2017. Ghattas writes regularly for various publications including the Atlantic and was formerly an international affairs correspondent for the BBC. 

She most recently covered the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign for the BBC. Between 2008 and 2013, she was the BBC's State Department correspondent, travelling regularly with the U.S. Secretary of State. She wrote a New York Times best-selling book titled The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton From Beirut to the Heart of American Power.

Before moving to Washington, she was a Middle East correspondent for the BBC and the Financial Times, based in Beirut for ten years. She was part of an Emmy-Award-winning BBC team covering the Lebanon-Israel conflict of 2006. She covered Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia extensively, as well Iran and Pakistan more recently. Ghattas serves on the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut.

  • Op-Ed The Atlantic December 2, 2021
    Iran Feels Cornered by the Biden Administration

    All of this regional activity is happening with the U.S. quietly coordinating in the background, encouraging some moves while discouraging or ignoring others (such as the overtures to Assad), but overall engaging in much more diplomacy across the region ahead of the nuclear talks with Iran that resumed this week after a five-month hiatus.

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  • Op-Ed The Atlantic October 22, 2021
    What The Loss of Freedom Feels Like

    On days when I despair at the state of Lebanon, or the future of Hong Kong, I think of the Berlin Wall. For 40 years, those living in its shadow, on either side, could not imagine a life beyond the division it enforced, even while many strove to bring it down. Until, one day, the wall fell.

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  • Op-Ed The Atlantic September 4, 2021
    How America Can Win the Middle East

    If China offers a model of economic prosperity under autocratic rule, can the U.S. counter with a more positive vision—one that also considers the young generation’s aspirations for justice, rule of law, and governance?

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  • Op-Ed Atlantic March 27, 2021
    The Moral Cost of Choosing Stability Over Justice

    What did the previously unimaginable experience of watching an attempted coup unfold in Washington, D.C., bring to Americans’ understanding of the fragility of democracy anywhere and, crucially, the quest for accountability everywhere?

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  • America’s Future Might Be Lebanon
    Op-Ed Atlantic November 5, 2020
    America’s Future Might Be Lebanon

    Never has this felt truer than now, when Beirut, like much of the world, feels unmoored and broken, on hold but also changing rapidly, squeezed between the coronavirus, populism, and economic unraveling.

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  • Lebanon is  No Stranger to Disaster – But This is Like Nothing We've Ever Seen
    Op-Ed Guardian August 6, 2020
    Lebanon is No Stranger to Disaster – But This is Like Nothing We've Ever Seen

    The seismic event felt like an earthquake and an air raid wrapped into one. None of us in Lebanon have ever experienced anything like it.

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  • Podcast KERA’s Think February 13, 2020
    How Saudi Arabia And Iran Weaponized Religion

    Iran and Saudi Arabia are currently locked in a battle for Middle East supremacy.

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  • The sun sets behind the rebel-held besieged town of Arbin, Syria
    Op-Ed Atlantic January 28, 2020
    The Muslim World’s Question: ‘What Happened to Us?’

    Without an understanding of what was lost and how it happened—and why the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran played such a crucial role in this unraveling—a better future for the Middle East will remain elusive, and the world’s understanding of the region will remain incomplete.

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  • Students pray in Al-Azhar
    New York Times January 28, 2020
    ‘Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East,’ by Kim Ghattas: An Excerpt

    A glimpse into the tension between progressive and traditional interpretations of Islam in Egypt.

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  • Qassem Soleimani Haunted the Arab World
    Op-Ed Atlantic January 3, 2020
    Qassem Soleimani Haunted the Arab World

    Soleimani was respected and feared, seen as either the evil mastermind behind policies of death and destruction or the genius architect of Iran’s expansionist policies.

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  • Regional Rivalry in Lebanon
    December 9, 2021 YouTube @CARNEGIEMENA عربي
    Regional Rivalry in Lebanon

    Join us on Thursday, December 9 from 19:00-20:00 EET for a public panel discussion with Kim Ghattas, Emile Hokayem, Ziad Majed and Randa Slim chaired by Hisham Melhem.

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  • Navigating a Turbulent Future: What to Expect in 2022?
    December 9, 2021 Live on YouTube and Facebook عربي
    Navigating a Turbulent Future? What to Expect in 2022

    The Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center will be holding its fifth annual conference on Wednesday, December 8, and Thursday, December 9, 2021, to delve deeper into what to expect in 2022.

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  • Re-balancing U.S. Security Engagement with Arab States
    May 26, 2021 Live Online
    Re-balancing U.S. Security Engagement with Arab States

    Please join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Middle East program for a public discussion marking the launch of a new edited volume, “From Hardware to Holism: Re-balancing America's Security Engagement with Arab States.”

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  • A Global Renewal? What to Expect in 2021
    December 16, 2020 Live on YouTube @CarnegieMENA عربي
    A Global Renewal? What to Expect in 2021

    The conference will consist of six virtual discussions that will provide a look ahead to 2021, focusing on what Carnegie scholars and other experts believe will be the most significant and challenging issues facing the Middle East and North Africa in their interaction with international actors.

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  • Regional Actors in the Emerging Middle East: Iran, Turkey, Israel, and the UAE
    December 15, 2020 YouTube @CarnegieMENA عربي
    Regional Actors in the Emerging Middle East: Iran, Turkey, Israel, and the UAE

    Held on Dec. 15 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST (5:30-7:00 p.m. Beirut). This panel will explore the rivalries among regional actors, such as Iran, Qatar, Turkey, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates, and how these have contributed to regional tensions, destructive proxy wars, and surprising realignments.

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  • Lebanon after the Explosion
    August 11, 2020 Live Online
    Lebanon After the Explosion

    A massive explosion in Beirut killed more than one hundred, wounded thousands, and left hundreds of thousands homeless. Now Lebanon finds itself in a severe political, economic, and humanitarian crisis. How can the people of Beirut rebuild their lives while still sheltering from a global pandemic?

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  • Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry
    April 21, 2020 YouTube @CarnegieMENA
    Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry

    In her new book, Emmy-winning journalist and New York Times bestseller Kim Ghattas examines the unraveling of the modern Middle East and why it started with the pivotal year of 1979.

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  • Saudi Arabia and Iran’s Forty Year Rivalry
    February 5, 2020 Washington, DC
    Saudi Arabia and Iran’s Forty Year Rivalry

    Emmy-winning journalist Kim Ghattas discusses her new book with David Ignatius

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  • March 5, 2019 Beirut, Lebanon عربي
    From Division to Unity

    An exploration of the nuances and potential of power-sharing in post-conflict countries in the region and a discussion of the relevant lessons learned from other countries as well.

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  • December 6, 2018 Beirut, Lebanon عربي
    A Shifting World Order: What to Expect in 2019

    A look ahead to 2019, focusing on the most significant and challenging issues facing the world, specifically the Middle East and North Africa region.

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