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Robert Malley

Vice President for Policy
Washington DC

Crisis Group Role

As Vice President for Policy, Robert Malley is responsible for shaping and overseeing Crisis Group’s policy across the organisation's work.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Crisis Group in his current role, Robert Malley served in the Obama administration as Special Assistant to the President, Senior Adviser to the President for the Counter-ISIL Campaign, and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region. He also served as Special Assistant to President Clinton for Arab-Israeli affairs and Director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council.

Before joining the Obama administration, he was Program Director for Middle East and North Africa at Crisis Group, leading the organisation’s research, analysis, policy prescription and advocacy in and about the region.

Robert Malley is a graduate of Yale University, Harvard Law School and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of “The Call from Algeria: Third Worldism, Revolution and the Turn to Islam” and, with Hussein Agha, of several articles, including “Camp David: The Tragedy of Errors ,” “The Last Negotiation,” “Three Men in a Boat,” “Hamas – The Perils of Power” and “The Arab Counter-Revolution.”  He has published articles in the New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Le Monde and several other publications.

In The News

14 Dec 2017
Nobody doubts that Iran has been helping the [Yemeni] Houthis. [But], nobody doubts that Saudi Arabia has been conducting activities that are violations of the rules of war either. The New York Times

Robert Malley

Vice President for Policy
4 Dec 2017
Saudi Arabia and Israel think [former U.S. President] Obama was too weak on Iran. If you have someone like Pompeo or Cotton who talk about regime change in Iran, the policy might change. Hürriyet Daily News

Robert Malley

Vice President for Policy
2 Dec 2017
At a time when you have so many sources of tension, so many fuses, so many humanitarian catastrophes, you also have so little diplomacy. Reuters

Robert Malley

Vice President for Policy
13 Nov 2017
Hariri as [Lebanon's] Prime Minister created the impression that coexistence with Hezbollah and by extension with Iran was possible; his departure is designed to erase any doubt. New Zealand Herald

Robert Malley

Vice President for Policy
13 Nov 2017
Israel possesses far greater ability to inflict pain, but Hezbollah possesses far greater capacity to absorb it, which means that any large-scale Israeli operation runs the risk of being open-ended. The Times of Israel

Robert Malley

Vice President for Policy
11 Nov 2017
For months now, [Israel] has been sounding alarm bells about Hezbollah’s and Iran’s growing footprint in Syria, and about the Lebanese capacity to produce precision-guided missiles. Business Insider

Robert Malley

Vice President for Policy