Flynt Leverett

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Flynt Lawrence Leverett became a Senior Fellow and Director of Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of Energy Security Project at the New America Foundation in June 2006, when he left the Brookings Institution think tank. [1][2]

Leverett served as "the senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council from March 2002 to March 2003." He developed President George W. Bush's "approach to promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace, and advised the president and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice on relations with Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

"Prior to joining the National Security Council, Leverett was a Middle East and counterterrorism expert on the State Department's Policy Planning Staff. Before that he was the senior CIA analyst on Syria and Middle East affairs." [3]

"Flynt held several distinguished positions in the US Government from 1992 to 2003 including Senior Director for Middle East Affairs at the National Security Council, Middle East Expert on the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff, and Senior Intelligence analyst at the CIA. He is a leading authority and has published extensively on US foreign policy, the Middle East, and energy issues and is a principal of the consultancy Strategic Energy and Global Analysis. Flynt holds a PhD in politics from Princeton University." [1]


"After leaving government [in March 2003], Leverett has criticized the Bush Administration on a number of fronts. On a Lehrer New Hour roundtable, [2 June 2004] he stated that when a dissident voice was expressed at the National Security Council regarding Ahmed Chalabi's shady background and impure motives -- reservations that while inconvenient at the time proved entirely correct later -- that person was dismissed from the NSC altogether.

"A paper How Bush Bungled the War on Terror, published on Democracy Now!, documents how in March, 2002 -- only six months after the 9/11 attacks -- U.S. special forces, CIA, and foreign language experts assigned to hunting Osama bin Laden were pulled off that task and reassigned to Iraq." [4]


In May 2003, Leverett joined Brookings' Saban Center for Middle East Policy as a visiting fellow. His research was to "focus on the politics of Syria and the Levant and Syria's role in the war on terrorism and in the Middle East peace process." [5]

"Leverett holds a Ph.D. in politics and an M.A. in politics from Princeton University. He earned his B.A from Texas Christian University in 1978." [6]

Published Works by Flynt Leverett

  • "Inheriting Syria. Bashar's Trial by Fire", Brookings Institution Press, 2005, ISBN ISBN 0815752032/ISBN 0815752042. [7]

Articles by and Interviews with Flynt Leverett

Contact Information

New America Foundation
Phone: 571 239-2205 (for comment)
Email: leverett at

External links


Articles & Commentary

  • Senior Advisors, Veracity Worldwide, accessed September 13, 2010.
  • Experts, Campaign for New American Policy on Iran, accessed September 16, 2008.
  • Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity About, organizational web page, accessed May 5 2013.