Bilal Y. Saab

Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme

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Bilal Y. Saab is an associate fellow with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Programme. He is a political-military analyst with more than two decades of experience working on the Middle East and US defence policy toward the region. He is also a former US Department of Defense senior advisor with oversight responsibilities for security cooperation in the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility.

He specializes in the Levant and the Gulf regions and focuses on security cooperation between the United States and its regional partners, and Arab national security and defence processes. His new book is called Rebuilding Arab Defense: US Security Cooperation in the Middle East.

Past experience

March 2023 - Present

Associate Fellow, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs

August 2019 - Present

Senior Fellow and Director of Defense and Security Program, MEI

August 2018 - Present

Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University