Barak Barfi

Research Fellow, International Security Program

Barak Barfi is a research fellow at New America, where he specializes in Arab and Islamic affairs.  Previously, Barfi was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.  His articles have appeared in the Washington PostInternational Herald TribuneForeign PolicyDaily Beast, the Atlantic, the New Republic, and Politico, in addition to being regularly featured in Project Syndicate.  He has also extensively published in leading foreign publications such as Australia’s The Australian, Austria’s Der Standard, England’s The Guardian, Germany’s Die Welt, and Spain’s El Pais.  Barfi has published several monographs and encyclopedia articles on topics such as al-Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Libya, Syria, and Yemen.  He has been quoted in every major international publication, including the New York TimesWashington PostWall Street JournalLos Angeles TimesChicago TribuneTIME, the AtlanticLe Monde and the Daily Telegraph.  He has appeared on ABC’s World News Tonight, NBC’s Today Show and CBS’ This Morning Show.  He is a frequent commentator on CNN, BBC, MSNBC and Fox News, appearing on such programs as Anderson Cooper 360°, Hardball with Chris Matthews and On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.  Barfi often testifies before Congress on issues ranging from al-Qaeda to the Syrian conflict.  Before entering the think tank world, Barfi worked as a correspondent for the Associated Press and as a producer for ABC News affiliates where he reported from countries such as Iraq and Lebanon. He has lived in half a dozen Middle East countries including Libya and Yemen. Since 2011, he has visited Syria more than a dozen times, traveling in regime areas, Kurdish regions, and rebel held territory.  Barfi did his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and his graduate studies at Columbia University.  He is fluent in Arabic and French and proficient in German.

All Work

INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Managing Washington's Flawed Partners in Eastern Syria

Barak Barfi writes for the Washington Institute about the US forces' need to balance its proxies and objectives in fighting ISIS in Syria


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Saudi Arabia's Ambitious Bin Salman Will Face Trial by Fire

Barak Barfi wrote an article for The New Arab about the change of succession in Saudi Arabia


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Qatar: A Convenient Scapegoat in a Broken System

Barak Barfi wrote an article for The New Arab about the isolation of Qatar


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Qatar’s Wait-And-See Strategy

Barak Barfi wrote for Project Syndicate about Gulf powers cutting ties with Qatar


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Trump Needs More Than 100 Days on Syria

Barak Barfi writes for The Cipher Brief on the Trump administration's still-developing Syria policy.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Trump Can’t Make Assad Go

Barak Barfi wrote for Politico about President Trump and Syrian President Bashar Assad.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
Kill or Capture: Washington’s New ISIS Plan Claims Two

Barak Barfi was quoted in Foreign Policy about the killing of a top ISIS militant.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
Barak Barfi on Britain and Germany against ISIL

For more on the military mission of Britain and Germany against ISIL, CCTV America spoke to Barak Barfi.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
Experts: US Congress misses the picture on Benghazi

"They didn't have the mandate," Barak Barfi, an expert on Libya at the New America Foundation, told DW. "They had a supervisory role to prov


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
Barak Barfi on the Syria crisis

Moscow and Washington are stepping up their roles in Syria and neither side likes what the other is doing. So could this turn into a ‘proxy


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
How The White House Abandoned American Hostages

The U.S. government’s principal channels with the four families largely consisted of mid-level officials from the Federal Bureau of Investig


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Saudi-led Yemen coalition asks Pakistan to fight Houthis

The Houthis have been backed by security forces loyal to Yemen’s ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose loyalists control elite forces a