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Oren Kessler

Deputy Director for Research and Research Fellow

Areas of Impact:

Egypt, Israel

Biography:

Oren Kessler is deputy director for research and a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where he focuses on Egypt and the wider region. Oren moved to Washington in 2014 from London, where he served as a Middle East research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society think tank. Prior to that he worked as a journalist in Israel, including as the Jerusalem Post’s Arab affairs correspondent and as a writer, editor, and translator for Haaretz English Edition.

Oren's work has appeared in leading news outlets including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, and Politico, and he is a regular contributor to broadcast media. He has testified to the UK Parliament on Iran's nuclear program, and to the EU Parliament on European-Israeli relations.

Oren holds an Honors BA in History from the University of Toronto and an MA in Government from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. He speaks Hebrew, Arabic and Spanish.

Oren Kessler is deputy director for research and a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where he focuses on Egypt and the wider region. Oren moved to Washington in 2014 from London, where he served as a Middle East research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society think tank. Prior to that he worked as a journalist in Israel, including as the Jerusalem Post’s Arab affairs correspondent and as a writer, editor, and translator for Haaretz English Edition.

Oren's work has appeared in leading news outlets including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, and Politico, and he is a regular contributor to broadcast media. He has testified to the UK Parliament on Iran's nuclear program, and to the EU Parliament on European-Israeli relations.

Oren holds an Honors BA in History from the University of Toronto and an MA in Government from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. He speaks Hebrew, Arabic and Spanish.

Trump Offers Sisi Praise, but Unclear What Else

3rd April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Trump Offers Sisi Praise, but Unclear What Else

Oren Kessler

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi traveled to Washington on Monday for his first-ever White House meeting, his first meeting with President Donald Trump since the November election and the first such visit by an Egyptian head of state in nearly eight years. more...

Analysis & Commentary

6th April 2017 – CNN

CNN International

Oren Kessler

FDD Deputy Director for Research Oren Kessler discusses the implications of Sisi's recent visit with Trump. more...

3rd April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Trump Offers Sisi Praise, but Unclear What Else

Oren Kessler

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi traveled to Washington on Monday for his first-ever White House meeting, his first meeting with President Donald Trump since the November election and the first such visit by an Egyptian head of state in nearly eight years. more...

3rd April 2017 – Foreign Affairs

Russia’s Charm Offensive in North Africa

Oren Kessler , Boris Zilberman

With the world’s attention focused on the question of Russian influence in the United States and the European Union, the Kremlin is quietly making inroads in another region critical to both the United States and Europe: the five North African states of the southern Mediterranean shore. more...

3rd April 2017 – Quoted by Nicole Gaouette, Kevin Liptak, Allie Malloy - CNN

Trump, Egypt’s leader bond over terror fight

Oren Kessler

President Donald Trump warmly welcomed his Egyptian counterpart to the White House on Monday in a visit that's meant to signal a shift in the US approach to Egypt, but could leave both Trump and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi disappointed. more...