Visiting Fellow, Dickey Center for International UnderstandingLecturer
Steven Simon is a visiting lecturer at Dartmouth College. Previously, he was Executive Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies - US and Corresponding Director of IISS - Middle East. From early 2011 through the end of 2012 he served on the National Security Council staff at the White House, where he was the senior director for Middle Eastern and North African affairs. Prior to reentering government service, he was principal and senior advisor to Good Harbor Consulting, LLC in Abu Dhabi, which advises the Court of the Crown Prince and key agencies on security matters, as well as adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Goldman Sachs visiting professor at Princeton University. Before this, he was Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at CFR and adjunct professor of security studies at Georgetown University. Before joining CFR, Mr. Simon specialized in Middle Eastern affairs within the RAND Corporation. He came to RAND from London, where he was the deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and Carol Deane senior fellow in U.S. security studies. His duties at IISS followed five years at the White House as director for global issues and senior director for transnational threats on the National Security Council staff. During this period, he was involved in U.S. counterterrorism policy and operations as well as security policy in the Near East and South Asia. These assignments followed a fifteen-year career at the U.S. Department of State.
Mr. Simon is the coauthor with Daniel Benjamin of The Age of Sacred Terror (Random House, 2002), which won the 2004 Arthur Ross Book Award for best book on international relations, and coeditor of Iraq at the Crossroads: State and Society in the Shadow of Regime Change (Oxford University Press, 2003). He is also the coauthor of Building a Successful Palestinian State (Rand Corporation, 2005) and The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State (Rand Corporation, 2005). Together with Daniel Benjamin, he coauthored The Next Attack (Henry Holt, 2005), which examined the evolution of the jihad since September 11, 2001 and America’s response, and which was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize in 2006. Subsequently, he co-authored with Dana Allin, The Sixth Crisis: Iran, Israel, America and the Rumors of war (Oxford University Press, 2010). His new book, The Pragmatic Superpower: Winning the Cold War in the Middle East, co-authored with Ray Takeyh, will be published by W.W Norton. He is now completing, with Dana Allin, Our Separate Ways: The Struggle to Save the US-Israel Alliance, which will be released by PublicAffairs Books in March 2016.
Mr. Simon has published in Time, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Times, Foreign Affairs, the New Republic, the New York Review of Books, Survival, the National Interest, World Policy Journal, Politico, and other journals. He is a frequent guest on CNN, BBC, ABC, 60 Minutes, Nightline, NewsHour, Fox, and NPR.
Mr. Simon has a BA from Columbia University in classics and Near Eastern languages, an MTS in New Testament and Christian origins from the Harvard Divinity School, and an MPA from Princeton University. He was a university fellow at Brown University, international affairs fellow at Oxford University, and Bosch Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.