Amal Saad-Ghorayeb

Former Visiting Scholar


M.A. and B.A., American University of Beirut; Ph.D., University of Birmingham, England


Arabic; English


This person is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment.

Amal Saad-Ghorayeb was a visiting scholar in the Carnegie Middle East Center. A leading expert on Hizbollah, Saad-Ghorayeb has done extensive research on the organization, conducting numerous in-depth interviews with leading Hizbollah officials. She has also written extensively about Lebanon’s Shiites and Lebanese politics. Prior to joining Carnegie, she taught political science at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, and was a consultant at the Beirut Center for Research and Information–a leading Lebanese research center specializing in public opinion research.

Selected Publications: “Hizbollah’s Outlook in the Current Conflict: Motives, Strategy and Objectives”, (Carnegie Policy Outlook, August 2006); “Hizbollah’s Outlook in the Current Conflict: Accommodating Diplomacy and Preparing for the Post-War Context”, (Carnegie Policy Outlook, August 2006); “Factors Conducive to the Politicization of the Lebanese Shi’ites and the Subsequent Rise of Hizbollah,” (Journal of Islamic Studies, 14, 3, Dec. 2003); Hizbollah: Politics and Religion, (Pluto Press, 2002)

  • Sada - Analysis August 25, 2008 عربي
    Lebanese Shiites Express Political Identity

    Despite its reactive origins, the recent mobilization of the Shiite community in Lebanon does not seem to be an ephemeral episode, but rather a new chapter in an ongoing epic of communal consciousness and activism with far-reaching political implications.

  • Sada - Analysis August 20, 2008 عربي
    The Paradox of Hezbollah's Arms

    There is no easy solution to the predicament of Hezbollah's armed status. Thus far, the organization and the new Lebanese government have resisted calls by the United States and the international community to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559, which urges the state to disarm all militias.

  • Sada - Analysis August 19, 2008 عربي
    Lebanon: Plus Ça Change

    Despite the international commotion over last year's Cedar Revolution and withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon, the much vaunted Beirut Spring appears to have been a mirage. Neither the anti-Syrian protests (capped by the mammoth March 14, 2005 demonstration) nor the Syrian withdrawal ushered in an era of political reform.

  • Policy Outlook Carnegie Endowment January 29, 2007 عربي
    Hizbollah and Its Changing Identities

    After the war of last summer, Lebanon had settled back into a pretense of normality, shattered periodically by massive demonstrations in the streets of the capital, as Hizbollah mustered its supporters in an attempt to force the government to call for early elections. The government refused to give in. Hizbollah is now trying to break the impasse.

  • Policy Outlook Carnegie Endowment January 16, 2007 عربي
    In Their Own Words: Hizbollah's Strategy in the Current Confrontation

    An in-depth look into the mindset of Hizbollah’s leadership, including their priorities, justifications for continued armament, and animosity towards the U.S. Through unprecedented access to high-ranking Hizbollah officials, including Hizbollah’s Deputy Secretary General.

  • Policy Outlook Carnegie Endowment August 11, 2006
    Hizbollah's Outlook in the Current Conflict

    Saad-Ghorayeb, a Lebanese political analyst writing from Beirut, draws on interviews she carried out with Hizbollah officials both before and after the outbreak of fighting in mid-July to provide vital insights into the causes and consequences of the war with Israel.


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