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Oren Kessler

Deputy Director for Research and Research Fellow

Areas of Impact:

Arab Spring, 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.

Kerry’s Address: More Posturing Than Policy

28th December 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Kerry’s Address: More Posturing Than Policy

Oren Kessler

Secretary of State John Kerry, in a speech lasting over an hour on Wednesday, laid out six “principles” for achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace. more...

Analysis & Commentary

11th January 2017 – Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS.org

What will Trump mean for US ties with Israel’s peaceful Arab neighbors?

Oren Kessler

The incoming Donald Trump presidency likely means a sharp break from President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. For Egypt and Jordan, the only two Arab countries that have peace treaties with Israel and two of the most reliable U.S. allies in the Middle East, the Trump administration will provide new opportunities and challenges going forward on issues such as Islamic extremism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the status of Jerusalem. more...

30th December 2016 – Quoted by Sean Savage- JNS.org

Experts: Kerry farewell speech on Israelis and Palestinians places ‘posturing over policy’

Oren Kessler

The timing of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s so-called farewell speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seemed to stem largely from “personal animosity” between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the address obsessively focused on Israeli settlements while ignoring illegal Palestinian building in the West Bank, experts said. more...

28th December 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Kerry’s Address: More Posturing Than Policy

Oren Kessler

Secretary of State John Kerry, in a speech lasting over an hour on Wednesday, laid out six “principles” for achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace. more...

27th December 2016 – Fox Business

Making Money with Charles Payne

Oren Kessler

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, Managing Director of Turnvest Partners Al Angrisani and Defense of Democracies research fellow Oren Kessler discuss the relationship between President Obama and PM Netanyahu. more...