Ray Takeyh




Center for Security Studies (CSS)
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Ray Takeyh is a Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. His areas of specialization are Iran, political reform in the Middle East and Islamist movements and parties.

Takeyh was previously Senior Advisor to Special Advisor for Southwest Asia and Gulf Affairs, Department of State, Professor of National Security Studies at the National War College, Professor and Director of Studies at the Near East and South Asia Center, National Defense University, Fellow in International Security Studies at Yale University, Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California Berkeley.

Takeyh is the author of The Guardians of the Revolution: Iran's Approach to the World. He is also the author of two previous books, The Receding Shadow of the Prophet: The Rise and Fall of Radical Islam and The Origins of the Eisenhower Doctrine: The US, Britain and Nasser's Egypt, 1953-1957. Takeyh has published widely, including articles in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, National Interest, Survival, World Policy Journal, Washington Quarterly, Orbis, Middle East Journal and Middle East Policy. His commentary has also been featured in many newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times and International Herald Tribune.

Takeyh has testified frequently in front various congressional committees and has appeared on Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Charlie Rose show, NBC, CBS, CNN, BBC, FOX and CSPAN.