WASHINGTON, July 30—The Carnegie Endowment announced today that Henri J. Barkey, a Turkish politics expert, and Christopher Boucek, a Middle East security expert, have joined its Middle East Program in Washington, D.C.

Barkey will focus on Turkey’s relationships with its neighbors and the United States, with particular emphasis on Iraq and Kurdish issues, as well as work on Turkey’s domestic politics and economic reform.

Previously, Barkey worked on Middle East, Eastern Mediterranean, and intelligence issues for U.S. State Department Policy Planning Staff from 1998 to 2000. He is the Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Professor in International Relations and International Relations Department Chair at Lehigh University.

Boucek will focus on transnational security issues, including advances in counterterrorism, rehabilitation of Muslim extremists, and border security in the Middle East.

Boucek was a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University and lecturer in Politics at the Woodrow Wilson School. He previously served as a security editor with Jane’s Information Group.

In welcoming the announcement, Marina Ottaway, director of the Carnegie Middle East Program, said:

“These new appointments provide important links that allow Carnegie to expand the work of its Middle East Program in Washington and Beirut. Boucek’s work will add a key dimension of security research on a region that will be critical to U.S. policy in the coming years. As the foremost expert on Turkey in the United States, Barkey offers insights into the shifting realities of the Middle East that are invaluable for policy makers.”

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  • Henri J. Barkey is a nonresident senior associate in the Carnegie Middle East Program and the Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Professor in International Relations and International Relations Department Chair at Lehigh University. He served as a member of the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Staff working primarily on issues related to the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean, and intelligence from 1998 to 2000.
  • Christopher Boucek is an associate in the Carnegie Middle East Program and an associate fellow with the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University, lecturer in Politics at the Woodrow Wilson School, and a security editor with Jane’s Information Group.
  • The Carnegie Middle East Program combines in-depth local knowledge with incisive comparative analysis to examine economic, socio-political, and strategic interests in the Arab world. Through detailed country studies and the exploration of key cross-cutting themes, the Carnegie Middle East Program, in coordination with the Carnegie Middle East Center, provides analysis and recommendations in both English and Arabic that are deeply informed by knowledge and views from the region. The Carnegie Middle East Program has special expertise in political reform and Islamist participation in pluralistic politics throughout the region.
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