Marwan Muasher

Vice President for Studies tel +1 202 939 2275 fax +1 202 483 1840
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) and The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism (Yale University Press, 2014).

  • CNN April 14, 2016
    Why Tunisia’s Success Story Risks Falling Apart

    Growing grievances in Tunisia must be dealt with if democracy is to be preserved.

  • CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS February 8, 2015
    Radicalism in the Arab World

    Building stability and prosperity is going to take a lot more work than military strikes.

  • NPR’s Diane Rehm Show February 5, 2015
    Jordan’s Role in the Fight Against ISIS

    A strategy of political openness and economic opportunity must be put hand-in-hand with the military campaign against the Islamic State.

  • BBC February 4, 2015
    Jordan’s War With ISIS

    The fight against the Islamic State is an ideological battle as much as it is a military one.

  • PBS’ NewsHour February 3, 2015
    Jordan Finds ‘No Compromise Is Possible’ With Islamic State

    The Islamic State needs to be fought militarily, but the underlying causes of frustration and marginalization also have to be addressed.

  • CNN International January 28, 2015
    Jordan Caught Between Two Bad Situations

    Jordan’s participation in the fight against the Islamic State, particularly outside its borders, is problematic to some Jordanians. With the pilot hostage situation, the government is caught between two very bad situations.

  • KPCC Airtalk January 23, 2015
    A Vacuum of Leadership in the Middle East

    The Arab world is facing a vacuum of leadership. It is a new era, one that still has unknown repercussions.

  • CNN’s Lead with Jake Tapper September 23, 2014
    Regional Countries Must Take Important Role in Fight Against ISIS

    While the Islamic State can be defeated militarily, the United States and regional countries will need to prevent the creation of more groups like it in the future.

  • PBS Newshour September 18, 2014
    What Role Should Mideast Countries Play in Islamic State Fight?

    Countries in the Middle East have to rise up to the plate and help put in place a political process that tries to address the underlying causes that have led to the emergence of radical groups like the Islamic State.

  • CNN September 11, 2014
    No Military Role for Arab States

    While countries like Jordan will not participate militarily in the U.S. strategy against ISIS, it will provide much needed logistical and intelligence support and connections with the Sunni tribes of Iraq.

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