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.
Peer-Reviewed Research Articles and Commentaries
- Karam, Jeffrey G. “Missing Revolution: The American Intelligence Failure in Iraq, 1958.” Intelligence and National Security, vol. 32, Issue 6, October 2017, p. 693-709.
- Karam, Jeffrey G. “Lebanese Citizens Vote Sunday: Here Are 4 Things to Know about the First Parliamentary Elections Since 2009” The Monkey Cage Blog, The Washington Post, 4 May 2018.
- Karam, Jeffrey G. “Lebanon’s Civil Society as an Anchor of Stability” Middle East Brief no. 117, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University, April 2018.
- Karam, Jeffrey G. “Why Lebanon’s Prime Minister Resigned” The Monkey Cage Blog, The Washington Post, 8 November 2017.
- Karam, Jeffrey G. “Beyond Sectarianism: Understanding Lebanese Politics through a Cross-Sectarian Lens.” Middle East Brief no. 107, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University, April 2017.
- Karam, Jeffrey G. “Central Intelligence Agency, 1947-1954” in Imperialism and Expansionism in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection, eds. Chris Magoc and David Bernstein. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press, 2015, pp. 1079-1081.
- Karam, Jeffrey G. Roundtable for America’s Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State by Osamah F. Khalil. 15 January 2018 in H-Diplo.
- Karam, Jeffrey G. Review of Spheres of Intervention: US Foreign Policy and the Collapse of Lebanon, 1967-1976 by James R. Stocker. Arab Studies Journal, vol. 25, Issue 1, 2017, p. 175-178.
- Karam, Jeffrey G. Review of The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird. Intelligence and National Security, vol. 32, Issue 4, 2017, p. 528-531.
Academic Degrees and Training
- Postdoctoral Fellowship in International Relations and International Security, Harvard University
- PhD in Politics, Brandeis University
- MA in Politics, American University of Beirut
- BA in International Affairs and Diplomacy, Notre Dame University, Louaize
Jeffrey G. Karam
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
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