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Robert Malley

President & CEO
Washington D.C., U.S. and Brussels, Belgium

Prior to rejoining Crisis Group, first as Vice President for Policy and since January 2018 as President & CEO, 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.

Read a message from Robert Malleyor listen to a Global Dispatches podcast with him

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

13 Sep 2018
By punishing the Palestinians, the [Trump] administration unwittingly is liberating them from former restraints under which they had operated since Oslo in order to placate the U.S. and Israel. The New York Times

Robert Malley

President & CEO
4 Sep 2018
I think we're at an inflection point — because of what’s happening in Yemen and in the U.S. Politico

Robert Malley

President & CEO
11 Jul 2018
Pour [Président Trump], ces institutions [comme Otan] ne valent que si elles rapportent directement et de façon matérielle aux Etats-Unis. Donald Trump ne comprend pas ce qui relève de l’abstrait, des valeurs communes, ce qu’il ne peut pas traduire en chiffres. RFI

Robert Malley

President & CEO
1 May 2018
Somalia has been caught in the middle of an effort [by some Gulf countries] to try to expand influence, commercial and military, along the coast. Reuters

Robert Malley

President & CEO
5 Apr 2018
Both [Israel and Hizbollah] profess that they don’t want a war because they’ve reached a point of mutually assured heavy damage. But that’s not always a guarantee that things won’t get out of hand. The Nation

Robert Malley

President & CEO
4 Apr 2018
The approach of the [U.S.] administration is at war with itself. It will be almost impossible for [Trump's Israel/Palestine peace plan] to get a positive reception because of how much they’ve poisoned the well. World Politics Review

Robert Malley

President & CEO

Latest Updates

Op-Ed / United States

Trump’s Refugee Fiasco

The administration just slashed the number of refugees the U.S. will admit to a record low. Its reasoning doesn’t pass the laugh test.

Originally published in Politico

Op-Ed / Africa

What Happens in the Gulf Doesn’t Stay in the Gulf

A year after the Qatar crisis began, it’s having potentially dangerous reverberations in the Horn of Africa.

Originally published in The Atlantic

Commentary

The President’s Take | The U.S. in CrisisWatch?

Our President Robert Malley’s monthly column to accompany the CrisisWatch conflict tracker for March/April 2018 asks if it is time to include the United States on our list. He also flags escalating crises in Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Yemen and Israel-Palestine, while welcoming positive developments in Kenya and North Korea. 

The President’s Take | Syria and Venezuela in CrisisWatch

Our President Robert Malley’s monthly column to accompany the CrisisWatch conflict tracker for February/March 2018 looks at how outside actors are now openly fighting over Syria, not for Syria. He also flags more bad news from Venezuela, and our upcoming report on what to do about it.