About Me/Bio

Claude Salhani: a journalist, author, political analyst and TV and radio commentator is one of the most knowledgeable voices on the Arab-Israeli issues, the Greater Middle East, Central Asia, terrorism, and political Islam.

He is a senior fellow at the Institute of World Affairs.




Conflicts covered

  • – Jordan 1970: Black September: Clashes between Jordanian Army and Palestinian militias
  • – Beirut, 1971: Clashes between the Lebanese Army and the PLO
  • – Damascus, October 1973: Arab-Israeli war
  • – Cyprus 1974: Turkish invasion of Cyprus
  • – Beirut, 1975-1978: Lebanese Civil War
  • – Dhofar, Oman, 1975; the war in the Dhofar
  • – South Lebanon 1976: First Israeli invasion of Lebanon and deployment of UNIFIL forces in south Lebanon
  • – Iran and Iraq 1980-1988: (various times) Iran-Iraq war
  • – Lebanon 1982: Israeli invasion and the deployment of multinational troops in Beirut
  • – Beirut 1983: Attacks against multinational troops
  • – Kuwait 1990-91: The invasion of Kuwait
  • Prague 1989: The Velvet Revolution
  • – Budapest 1990: The downfall of communism
  • – Moscow 1990: The downfall of communism.
  • Afghanistan 2001 – US invasion
  • Iraq 2003 – US invasion



Lectured at:

American University (Washington, DC)

Georgetown University

George Mason University

American University of Beirut

Beirut College for Women (Taught journalism course)

Catholic University

Pepperdine University

New York University

Royal Roads University (Teaches course in public diplomacy once a year)

University of Pennsylvania

DINFOS (Defense Information School)

DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency)

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy


He has appeared on more than 40 networks including CNN, Fox, BBC, VOA, Al-Hurra (in Arabic), France 24 and Russia Today. His articles have been published in The New York Times, the Middle East Times, The Washington Post and the Washington Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Times (London), The San Diego Union Tribune, Foreign Service Journal, Middle East Policy Journal, Salon.com, The American Conservative, The National, Khaleej Times and many others.

Books Published:Black September to Desert Storm, (1997). While the Arab World Slept: the impact of the Bush years on the Middle East, (2009). Islam Without a Veil, (2011), contributing author of The Iraq War, (2002), and Inauguration Day, (2015).

Professional history: Current: Political analyst and commentator with The Arab Weekly, contributor to Huffington Post commentary pages and other free-lance assignments. Worked for United Press International Radio and The Washington Times Radio, produced and recorded a daily radio segment.

Over the course of a 35-plus-year career traveled to 87 countries reporting on major events. Previous posts included Beirut, Cairo, Brussels, Paris, London, Baghdad, Kuwait, New York, Washington, DC and Astana.

Covered a dozen conflicts in the Middle East and Europe, including Arab-Israeli wars, Lebanese civil war, the Iranian revolution, the Iraq-Iran war, the deployment of the multinational force in Lebanon and the bombing of the US Marines barracks, the Velvet Revolution in Prague, the downfall of communism in Eastern Europe, the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the first Gulf War. Traveled with US presidents, secretaries of State and multiple foreign dignitaries. As an analyst wrote extensively on the events since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the ensuing wars in the Middle East and for about 12 years was published in the commentary pages of The Washington Times.

Was wounded three times and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Prior to that worked as a freelance journalist covering the Middle East & North Africa.

Working on special assignment for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, (OSCE) conducting numerous training seminars for Kosovar journalists and policemen on how to avoid escalating crises into conflicts. And on special assignment for Search for Common Ground trained Palestinian journalists in the West Bank and Gaza on journalistic ethics.

Helped draft a white paper for the Obama administration on how to proceed in the Middle East and wrote a policy paper for the Cato Institution on the Syria Accountability Act. developed and taught a course in public diplomacy at Royal Roads University.

Educational Experience: Fluent in English, French, Italian, and Arabic and has a working knowledge of Spanish and started learning Russian. Holds an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia. Member of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Senior fellow at the Washington, D C -based Institute of World Affairs.

Appeared as a guest lecturer at top universities, including: American University (Washington, DC) American University of Beirut, Catholic University, Washington, DC, Georgetown University, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, New York University, Pepperdine University, Royal Roads University (Associate Professor), Victoria, BC, Canada, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA.

Work with Think Tanks: International Institute for Strategic Studies – member.
Center for American Progress; Middle East Institute, Potomac Institute. CATO Institution, Hudson Institute. King Abdullah II Foundation. Aspen Institution.

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) – Organized and ran 15-day seminars for Kosovar journalists and police.
Search for Common Ground – Organized and conducted courses on journalistic ethics for Palestinian journalists in Gaza and the West Bank.
Iraqi Institute for Strategic Studies – Conducted a one-week seminar for Iraqi journalists.