Bilal Y. Saab is a political-military analyst on Middle East security and US policy toward the region. His geographical research focus is Lebanon, Syria, Iran, and the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Currently, he is senior fellow and director of the defense and security program at the Middle East Institute. Previously, he was senior fellow and director of the Middle East Peace and Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, where he chaired the Gulf Policy Working Group and Middle East Crisis Simulation Series. He is also a term member with the Council on Foreign Relations. A native of Lebanon, Saab has fluency in both written and spoken Arabic and French, and experience living in the Middle East for more than two decades. He is a recipient of the Thought Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council and the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Award from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Throughout his career, Saab has held analytic and managerial positions in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe at reputable research organizations including Brookings Institution, CSIS, the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, the Middle East Institute, and the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies. A prolific and widely published author in prestigious and peer-reviewed academic and policy journals (for a list of publications and speaking engagements please consult his personal website, he is often called upon to brief various executive and legislative agencies in the US government and other governments around the world. He holds an MA in international security policy from the University of Maryland, College Park; an MLitt in international security studies from the University of St Andrews in Scotland; and a BA in political science and public administration from the American University of Beirut.