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Dr. David Andrew Weinberg

Senior Fellow

Areas of Impact:

Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States

Biography:

David Andrew Weinberg is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where he covers the six Gulf monarchies (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman). His research in this area focuses particularly on energy, terrorist finance, regional security, and human rights. A large part of his research also pertains to the Gulf states’ foreign policies toward such flashpoints as Syria and Iraq.

Dr. Weinberg previously served as a Democratic Professional Staff Member at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, where he advised the chairman on Middle Eastern politics and U.S. policy toward the region. He also provided research support to staff at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff during the George W. Bush administration.

Dr. Weinberg holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was affiliated for five years with the Institute’s Security Studies Program. Before coming to the Foundation, Dr. Weinberg was a Visiting Fellow at UCLA’s Center for Middle East Development.  He has advanced reading skills in Arabic. 

David Andrew Weinberg is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where he covers the six Gulf monarchies (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman). His research in this area focuses particularly on energy, terrorist finance, regional security, and human rights. A large part of his research also pertains to the Gulf states’ foreign policies toward such flashpoints as Syria and Iraq.

Dr. Weinberg previously served as a Democratic Professional Staff Member at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, where he advised the chairman on Middle Eastern politics and U.S. policy toward the region. He also provided research support to staff at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff during the George W. Bush administration.

Dr. Weinberg holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was affiliated for five years with the Institute’s Security Studies Program. Before coming to the Foundation, Dr. Weinberg was a Visiting Fellow at UCLA’s Center for Middle East Development.  He has advanced reading skills in Arabic. 

25th August 2017 – Quoted by Arab News

Qatar restores diplomatic ties with Iran

David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar is restoring full diplomatic relations with Iran and will send its ambassador back to Tehran. more...

Analysis & Commentary

29th August 2017 – Quoted by Arab News

How Al Jazeera called for bombing Saudi, UAE airports ... and got away with it

David Andrew Weinberg

Al Jazeera Arabic has been slammed for a lack of professionalism after airing remarks earlier this month that encouraged the killing of innocent citizens of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, amounting to what one media commentator called a “declaration of war.” more...

25th August 2017 – Quoted by Arab News

Qatar restores diplomatic ties with Iran

David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar is restoring full diplomatic relations with Iran and will send its ambassador back to Tehran. more...

11th August 2017 – The Hill

What Congress can do about extremism in Saudi textbooks

David Andrew Weinberg

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10th August 2017 – Quoted by Arab News

Qatar’s Neymar deal proves costly … in more ways than one

David Andrew Weinberg

Many Arabs have cried foul over Qatar’s link to the record-breaking $263 million transfer deal for Neymar — as it emerged that such a fee could have paid for much of the outstanding humanitarian aid required in Palestine this year. more...