Steven Simon New Hampshire, USA

  • Senior Director, Middle Eastern and North African affairs, National Security Council (2011-12)
  • Former Executive Director, International Institute for Strategic Studies IISS-US and Corresponding Director of IISS - Middle East
  • Visiting Lecturer, Dartmouth College (Present)


Al Jazeera English: Empire - Extended interview: Steven Simon (2014)
Al Jazeera English: Empire - Extended interview: Steven Simon (2014)
Anti-Defamation League - Steven Simon on U.S. Policy in Middle East (2012)
Anti-Defamation League - Steven Simon on U.S. Policy in Middle East (2012)


Steven Simon is a visiting lecturer at Dartmouth College; in the Fall of 2016 he is slated to join the Amherst College faculty as John J. McCloy ’16 Visiting Professor in History.

He came to Dartmouth from the International Institute for Strategic Studies where he headed the US and Bahrain offices. 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 re-entering government service, he was principal and senior advisor to Good Harbor Consulting, LLC in Abu Dhabi, which advised the Court of the Crown Prince and key agencies on security matters. Simon also served as Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Before joining CFR, Simon specialised in Middle Eastern affairs within the RAND Corporation after serving as Deputy Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He came to IISS from the White House, where he served as Director for Global Issues and Senior Director for Transnational Threats on the National Security Council staff from 1994-1999. These assignments followed a fifteen-year career at the U.S. Department of State.

Steven Simon is the co-author, with Daniel Benjamin, of “The Age of Sacred Terror: Radical Islam’s War Against America and The Next Attack: The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right.” He edited, with Toby Dodge, “Iraq at the Crossroads: State and Society in the Shadow of Regime Change” (Oxford University Press, 2003). At RAND, he co-authored “Building a Successful Palestinian State as well as The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State and Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Together with Dana Allin, he wrote “The Sixth Crisis: The US, Israel, Iran and the Rumors of War” (Oxford University Press 2010). Since leaving government, he has co-authored with Ray Takeyh, “The Pragmatic Superpower: Winning the Cold War in the Middle East” (WW Norton 2016) and again with Dana Allin, “Our Separate Ways: The Struggle for the Future of the US-Israel Alliance” (PublicAffairs 2016, forthcoming). In addition, he has published in TIME, the New York Times, the Washington Post, New York Review of Books, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, and Foreign Affairs.

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