Omar H. Rahman



Omar H. Rahman is a fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs, and the editor of AfkārHe is also a writer and political analyst specializing in Middle East politics more broadly and American foreign policy in the region.

Previously, Rahman was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, where he researched and wrote about Israel-Palestine, the Arab Gulf, and the growing intersection between the two. Prior to this, Rahman was a research analyst at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, where he focused on the political economy of the Gulf states.

Rahman established his career as a journalist based in the U.S. and the Middle East, including three years in Palestine where he was a columnist for +972 Magazine. Rahman was also an associate editor at World Politics Review in New York, as well as an editor and senior Middle East correspondent at Argus Media, which specializes in coverage of global energy markets. His writing on the region has been published in The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The National Interest, Lawfare, VICE, PBS NewsHour, Quartz, Al-Jazeera English, and The National, among other outlets.

Rahman’s other work includes peer-reviewed policy papers and academic articles, including a chapter in an upcoming edited volume: What is Israel/Palestine? (Routledge, 2022). He is currently working on a book about Palestinian de-fragmentation in the post-Oslo era. Rahman is also a frequent speaker on panels, at conferences, and in the media.

Research Areas

  • Israel-Palestine
  • GCC foreign policy
  • Middle East geopolitics
  • US foreign policy in MENA

Countries of Focus

  • Palestine
  • Israel
  • GCC
  • Egypt

Other Areas of Interest

  • Regional energy
  • Eastern Mediterranean


  • M.A., Political Journalism, Columbia University, 2013
  • B.A., Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, 2006


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