Marwan Muasher

Vice President for Studies
Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.


PhD, Purdue University


Arabic; English


Marwan Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East. Muasher served as foreign minister (2002–2004) and deputy prime minister (2004–2005) of Jordan, and his career has spanned the areas of diplomacy, development, civil society, and communications.

Muasher began his career as a journalist for the Jordan Times. He then served at the Ministry of Planning, at the prime minister’s office as press adviser, and as director of the Jordan Information Bureau in Washington.

In 1995, Muasher opened Jordan’s first embassy in Israel, and in 1996 he became minister of information and the government spokesperson. From 1997 to 2002, he served in Washington again as ambassador, negotiating the first free-trade agreement between the United States and an Arab nation. He then returned to Jordan to serve as foreign minister, where he played a central role in developing the Arab Peace Initiative and the Middle East roadmap.

In 2004, he became deputy prime minister responsible for reform and government performance and led the effort to produce a ten-year plan for political, economic, and social reform. From 2006 to 2007, he was a member of the Jordanian Senate.

From 2007 to 2010, he was senior vice president of external affairs at the World Bank.

He is the author of The Arab Center: The Promise of Moderation (Yale University Press, 2008).

  • Op-Ed Washington Diplomat April 1, 2014
    The Second Arab Awakening

    Only when Arab societies and their elected leaders truly embrace tolerance, diversity, the peaceful rotation of power, and inclusive economic growth will the promise of a new Arab world be realized.

  • Article February 13, 2014 عربي
    The Egypt Effect: Sharpened Tensions, Reshuffled Alliances

    Throughout the Middle East, the overthrow of Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi has heightened Islamist-secularist tensions and pushed actors toward zero-sum politics.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy January 21, 2014
    Not Losing the Arab Awakening

    There are no short cuts to democracy or prosperity. The Second Arab Awakening has only just begun, and the end may not be known in this generation’s lifetime.

  • Article December 12, 2013 عربي Русский
    Year Four of the Arab Awakening

    The Arab transformations have only just begun. The coming year will offer signs as to whether countries of the Arab world are heading toward or away from democracy and pluralism.

  • Policy Outlook November 13, 2013 عربي
    The Path to Sustainable Political Parties in the Arab World

    To participate effectively in the political process, new, largely secular parties must overcome their institutional challenges and improve their long-term capacity to deliver what the people need.

  • Op-Ed Jordan Business October 2, 2013
    Political Reform in the Middle East

    Arab moderates, who believe in inclusive societies, must work at the grassroots level, offering solutions to real issues while building institutional systems of checks and balances.

  • Op-Ed National Interest September 24, 2013
    Could Obama’s Syria Hesitation Be Good P.R.?

    Contrary to the conventional view, America’s image could benefit from what the Arab street might deem a triumph of democracy.

  • Op-Ed Financial Times July 14, 2013
    Tunisia, Not Algeria, Is the Model for a New Egypt

    Both Islamists and secularists are wrong if they think they can build a new Egypt on their own. There is no way the country can be successful if only one party rules.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy May 16, 2013
    Dead on Arrival

    Washington needs to work privately with all the parties—Palestinians, Israelis, and Arabs—to allow for a speedy negotiation process. Only the full backing of the U.S. president and a bold new plan can push the peace process forward.

  • Op-Ed National Interest May 10, 2013
    The Day After a Strike on Iran

    Serious thought needs to be given to the day after a strike on Iran to avoid its downsides or plan for its consequences.

  • Egypt
    March 25, 2014 Brussels
    The Battle for Pluralism in the Arab World

    Arab citizens long for freedom and opportunity. Only through the painstaking process of constructing an Arab world defined by pluralism and tolerance can this dream be realized.

  • March 19, 2014 Washington, DC
    Marwan Muasher in Conversation With Thomas L. Friedman

    Three years after the Arab world was rocked by the uprisings that brought down longstanding autocratic regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, the region remains embroiled in a transformational struggle for the future.

  • February 26, 2014 Washington, DC
    Rached Ghannouchi on Tunisia’s Democratic Transition

    In a landmark step, Tunisia’s Islamic and secular political forces reached accord on a constitution that provides a foundation for Tunisia’s transition to democracy. But while progress has been made, the country still faces serious economic and political challenges ahead.

  • January 21, 2014 Washington, DC
    The Battle for Pluralism in the Arab World

    Three years after the Arab uprisings began in Tunisia and Egypt, Arab practitioners and experts will join Carnegie scholars for a day-long conference to examine the political, religious, and social trends shaping the future of the region.

  • September 18, 2013 Washington, DC
    Raising the Stakes on Syria: The U.S. Policy Debate and Regional Dynamics

    In the wake of President Obama’s national address, U.S. allies and adversaries are struggling to assess the implications of the Russian proposal on Syria’s chemical weapons and what Washington’s next steps will be on Syria.

  • September 12, 2013 Washington, DC
    Twenty Years After Oslo: The Search for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

    A panel of U.S. and regional experts assess the legacy of the 1993 Oslo Accords and the outlook for progress toward peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

  • Assad and Putin
    September 4, 2013 Worldwide
    Twitter Q&A: Syria, Russia, and the G20 Summit

    Marwan Muasher and Andrew S. Weiss will respond to questions on the situation in Syria, the likely implications of a U.S.-led attack, and what to expect in terms of Putin-Obama dynamics at the G20 meeting.

  • July 31, 2013 Washington, DC
    The New Political Order/Disorder in Egypt

    In the wake of the June 30 popular uprising and the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, a new political order is taking shape in Egypt.

  • July 22, 2013 Washington, DC
    Can the Two-State Solution Be Saved?

    The Elders, a group of independent leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • June 12, 2013 Kuwait City, Kuwait عربي
    The Education of Future Citizens: Key Challenges Facing Arab Countries

    The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, together with the Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development, held a regional conference in Kuwait City to consider the role of citizenship education in the Arab transitions.


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