Before retiring from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2006, Emile Nakhleh was a senior intelligence service officer and director of the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program. Before that he was chief of the Regional Analysis Unit in the Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, where he also served as senior analyst and scholar in residence since September 1993.
Prior to joining the CIA, Nakhleh was professor and department chair at Mount St. Mary's University. He was previously a Fulbright senior research fellow in Bahrain and Jerusalem, a visiting professor at Bir Zeit University, a Woodrow Wilson guest scholar, and a National Endowment for the Humanities research fellow.
He has written over 30 scholarly journal articles and is the author of numerous books, including A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America's Relations with the Muslim World (2009); Bahrain: Political Development in a Modernizing Society (1976); The Gulf Cooperation Council: Policies, Problems, and Prospects (1986); and The Persian Gulf and American Policy (1982).
Nakhleh holds a Ph.D. in international relations from American University, an M.A. in political science from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in political science from Saint John's University, Minnesota (Political Science, 1963).
Last Updated: June 29, 2017