The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Social Sciences

Jeffrey G. Karam

Dr. Jeffrey G. Karam is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Lebanese American University (LAU). He is also a non-resident associate at the Middle East Initiative at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Previously, Dr. Karam was a postdoctoral research fellow in the International Security Program at Harvard University’s Belfer Center. Also, before joining LAU, Dr. Karam was a visiting assistant professor of International Relations and Middle East Politics at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, where he taught courses on International Relations, Security Studies, Politics of the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, and the Middle East, and Revolutions, Coups, and Wars in the Middle East. Most recently, Dr. Karam was a visiting assistant professor of International Relations and Middle East Politics at Harvard University’s Summer School.

Dr. Karam is currently finishing his first book on the nexus between American intelligence and foreign policy in the Middle East. As an interdisciplinary and multilingual scholar, Dr. Karam’s research and teaching spans the subfields of International Relations, International Security, and American Foreign Relations. His research focuses on the Politics of Intelligence and National Security, US-Middle East Relations, Use of Force and International Institutions, American Foreign Policy, and Revolutions, Coups, and Wars in the Middle East. Dr. Karam has been invited to give talks and seminars at several institutions including Harvard University and Tufts University. He regularly presents papers, organizes panels, and chairs discussions at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association (APSA), the International Studies Association (ISA), and the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Dr. Karam has also been selected to partake in and contribute to several workshops in the United States. Most recently, he was selected and invited to participate in Bridging the Gap’s International Policy Summer Institute at American University’s School of International Service.

Dr. Karam is the author of several articles, book chapters, and policy briefs on US intelligence and foreign policy in the Middle East and the politics of Lebanon and the Middle East. His research has appeared in Intelligence and National Security, the Arab Studies Journal, the Washington Post, and other venues. He has conducted extensive archival research in the United States and the United Kingdom and fieldwork in Lebanon and Jordan, and his research has been supported by many organizations including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs, the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut.

Dr. Karam is also the recipient of several awards, including the Christopher Andrew–Michael Handel Prize for the best article published in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Intelligence and National Security during 2017, and the Hussein Oueini Memorial Award at the American University of Beirut. Dr. Karam’s award-winning article, “Missing Revolution: The American Intelligence Failure in Iraq, 1958,” which appeared in the October 2017 issue of Intelligence and National Security, is an account of an under-studied example of US intelligence failures in the Middle East. He received the award in April 2018 at the 2018 annual meeting of the International Studies Association in San Francisco.

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Research Articles and Commentaries

Book Chapters

Academic Reviews

Academic Degrees and Training


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