Dr. Marwan Muasher

Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Deputy Prime Minister of Jordan

Dr. Marwan Muasher is Vice President for studies at the Carnegie Endowment where he oversees the Endowment’s research on the Middle East in Washington and Beirut. Dr Muasher served as Foreign Minister (2002–2004) and Deputy Prime Minister (2004–2005) of Jordan, and his career has spanned the areas of diplomacy, development, civil society, and communications. From 2010-2011, Dr. Muasher served as a senior fellow at Yale University.

Dr. Muasher began his career as a journalist for the Jordan Times. He then served at the Ministry of Planning, at the Prime Minister’s office as press advisor, and as director of the Jordan Information Bureau in Washington, DC.

In 1995, Dr. Muasher opened Jordan’s first embassy in Israel, and in 1996 became Minister of Information and the government spokesperson. From 1997 to 2002, he served in Washington again as ambassador, negotiating the first free-trade agreement between the United States and an Arab nation. He then returned to Jordan to serve as Foreign Minister, where he played a central role in developing the Arab Peace Initiative and the Middle East Roadmap.

In 2004 he became Deputy Prime Minister responsible for reform and government performance, and led the effort to produce a 10-year plan for political, economic and social reform. From 2006 to 2007, he sat in the Jordanian Senate.

Most recently, Dr. Muasher was Senior Vice President for External Affairs at the World Bank from 2007 to 2010.

He is the author of The Arab Center: The Promise of Moderation (Yale University Press, 2008).