Anthony Elghossain is a lawyer and writer based in Beirut. He advises non-governmental organizations on strategy, planning, organizational development, and substantive issues. Anthony is writing his first book, They Came in Peace: American Adventures in the Levant, due out in early 2021.

At the Middle East Institute, Anthony focuses on the Levant, the rule of law, U.S. cooperation with states in the area, and American foreign policy toward the Middle East more generally. He was previously a program advisor at the United States Institute of Peace and a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council. Before that, Anthony worked with non-governmental organizations to promote the rule of law in the Middle East and Africa and was a project finance lawyer at a global law firm. Anthony enjoys writing about American foreign policy and the states and societies of the Middle East. He has written for The New Republic, the Carnegie Endowment, the Atlantic Council, Roads & KingdomsHuffPo, The NationalThe Daily Star, and NOW.

B.A, American University of Beirut; J.D., The George Washington University Law School

Countries of Expertise
Lebanon, Syria, Iraq

Issues of Expertise
Law (various applications), Energy, Governance, Minorities in the Middle East, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East

English, Levantine Arabic

Contact Information

Please contact MEI’s media relations manager, Rachel Dooley, at or 202-785-1141 ext. 241 for assistance contacting this expert.

Twitter Handle: @aelghossain

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