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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.

Egypt Picks Sides in the Syrian War

12th February 2017 – Foreign Affairs

Egypt Picks Sides in the Syrian War

Oren Kessler

On February 1, a military transport plane left a Russian airbase in Latakia, Syria, landed at an airfield near Egypt’s border with Libya, then returned to Syria. For months there had been unconfirmed reports that Cairo had sent forces to assist the Syrian regime in the country’s civil war and at first glance the flight appeared to have corroborated those suspicions. more...

Analysis & Commentary

15th February 2017 – Fox Business

Making Money with Charles Payne

Oren Kessler

FDD's deputy director of research Oren Kessler comments on the Russian ship spotted of the coast of Connecticut, and the implications of broader Russian foreign policy on the US. more...

15th February 2017 – Fox Business

Making Money with Charles Payne

Oren Kessler

FDD's deputy director of research Oren Kessler participates in a panel discussion on Netanyahu's first meeting with Trump and its implications on US-Israel relations. more...

12th February 2017 – Foreign Affairs

Egypt Picks Sides in the Syrian War

Oren Kessler

On February 1, a military transport plane left a Russian airbase in Latakia, Syria, landed at an airfield near Egypt’s border with Libya, then returned to Syria. For months there had been unconfirmed reports that Cairo had sent forces to assist the Syrian regime in the country’s civil war and at first glance the flight appeared to have corroborated those suspicions. more...

2nd February 2017 – Quoted by Frederick Deknatel - World Politics Review

If Hamas and Egypt Reconcile, Will It Be on Egypt’s Terms?

Grant Rumley, Oren Kessler

Last week, Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’ top official in the Gaza Strip, visited Egypt for the first time since 2013, when Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-aligned former president, was ousted in a coup. more...