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Asher Orkaby



    September 8, 2020 — May 21, 2021

    Professional affiliation

    Research Scholar, Transregional Institute, Princeton University

    Wilson Center Projects

    The Tenuous Taboo: Chemical Weapons in the Middle East

    Full Biography

    Asher Orkaby, PhD is an associate research scholar at Princeton University’s Transregional Institute and will be at residential fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center beginning in September 2020. He earned his PhD from Harvard University in International History and Middle Eastern Studies and is the author of Beyond the Arab Cold War: The International History of the Yemen Civil War, 1962-68 (Oxford University Press, 2017). Orkaby is also the author of a forthcoming book with Oxford University Press, What Everyone Needs to Know About Yemen. Over the course of the current conflict in Yemen, he has contributed regularly to Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, and many other policy publications and has commented on both English and Arabic media such as CSPAN, CGTN, Waqt News and Al-Hurra. His current research focuses on the history of chemical warfare in the Middle East.