Last updated on: 9/7/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Robert Malley, JD, PhD Biography

Title:
Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“If done right, the introduction of an international presence can benefit both sides. It can help increase security for Israelis and Palestinians, rebuild Palestinian self-government and provide Israel with assurances regarding Palestinian performance. Most important, it may begin to set in motion the process that should lead to the emergence of a viable state of Palestine living side by side with Israel.”

“Rebuilding a Damaged Palestine,” New York Times, May 7, 2002

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Adviser to President Obama, counter-ISIL campaign (“ISIL Czar”)
  • Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region, Apr. 2015-present
  • National Security Council Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, Syria, and the Gulf States, Feb. 2014-Apr. 2015
  • Former Middle East and North Africa Program Director, International Crisis Group, 2005-2014
  • Special Assistant to President Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs and Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, Sep. 1998 – Jan. 2001
  • Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
Education:
  • PhD, Political Philosophy, Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University, England
  • JD, Harvard Law School
  • Yale University
Other:
  • Served as a principal advisor to the President and the National Security Advisor at the White House on the Middle East peace process
Quoted in:
  1. Should Palestinian Refugees Have the Right of Return?