“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Dr. Jeffrey G. Karam is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Lebanese American University. He is also an Associate at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative. Previously, Dr. Karam was a Visiting Assistant Professor of International Relations and Middle East Politics at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the International Security Program. Most recently, Dr. Karam was a visiting assistant professor of International Relations and Middle East Politics at Harvard University’s Summer School.
Dr. Karam is currently finishing his first book on the nexus between American intelligence and foreign policy in the Middle East. He is the author of several articles, book chapters, and policy briefs on U.S. intelligence and foreign policy in the Middle East and the politics of Lebanon and the Middle East. His research has appeared in Intelligence and National Security, the Arab Studies Journal, the Washington Post, and other venues. He has conducted extensive archival research in the United States and the United Kingdom and fieldwork in Lebanon and Jordan, and his research has been supported by many organizations including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut.
Dr. Karam is also the recipient of several awards, including the Christopher Andrew–Michael Handel Prize for the best article published in the peer-reviewed journal Intelligence and National Security during 2017, and the Hussein Oueini Memorial Award at the American University of Beirut. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University, an M.A. in Politics from the American University of Beirut, and a dual B.A. in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Notre Dame University, Louaize.
Christopher Andrew-Michael Handel Prize for Best Article of 2017 in the journal Intelligence and National Security: "Missing Revolution: The American Intelligence Failure in Iraq, 1958."