Ibrahim Al-Assil is a Middle East analyst and commentator. He is a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. His work focuses on U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East, great-power competition, regional dynamics, and political economy. Al-Assil is the founder and managing partner of Dynamics Advisory, a consulting firm that provides political risk assessment.

Between 2012 and 2015, Al-Assil served as a fellow with the Orient Research Centre (ORC) in Dubai, and he continued to be a nonresident senior fellow with ORC until 2020. Between 2016 and 2020, Al-Assil led a 'Track II Strategic Dialogue' focusing on U.S. and GCC relations. The dialogue had eight rounds and included different think-tanks, experts, former government officials from Washington D.C. and the gulf countries. In 2018-2019, Al-Assil finished a fellowship at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School.

Al-Assil has been published and quoted in a variety of media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Time, BBC, and NPR. He appears regularly on TV stations, such as Skynews, AlHurra, France24, and AlArabiya.

He is the founder, host, and producer of Podcast AlAwsat and the weekly video series Ara' min Washington (Opinions from Washington). He currently serves on the board of the Harvard Arab Alumni Association.

Al-Assil is preparing for his doctoral degree in international relations at Johns Hopkins SAIS, focusing on great-power competition in the Middle East. 

Master in Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School.
MBA, University of Essex, UK.


Countries of Expertise
Gulf, Levant

Issues of Expertise
Regional Cooperation, Great-Power Competition, Conflict Resolution, Track II Dialogues, Political Economy.

Contact Information

Email: ialassil@mei.edu

Twitter Handle: @IbrahimAlAssil

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