Position: Associate Fellow
Barak M. Seener was a Middle East Research Fellow at RUSI between 2010 and 2011 and remains an Associate fellow at the Institute.
Prior to joining RUSI, Barak was one of the Henry Jackson Society's founders in Westminster and was the Henry Jackson Society's Greater Middle East Section Director. Barak holds a Masters from Birkbeck College, University of London in International Security and Global Governance and a BA in History and Politics from Queen Mary, University of London.
Barak has provided analysis and expert commentary for a range of international broadcasters including the Associated Press, Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN, Chinese CCTV, Fox News, Kol Israel Radio, Sky News, Voice of America, and news outlets such as Bloomberg, Reuters, the Evening Standard, Jerusalem Post and Xinhua.
Barak has written on transatlantic relations, universal jurisdiction, nuclear proliferation and Middle East issues including the Arab Spring, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Israel's defence and security policies, and the Palestinianisation of Israeli Arabs.
Barak has published extensively for the Hudson Institute, Jane's Intelligence Review, The National Interest, Middle East Quarterly, Muslim World Today, Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Jerusalem Viewpoints, and InFocus. Barak has also reported for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's PolicyWatches and PeaceWatches.
Publications that Barak has edited include: Al Qaeda's Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups and the Next Generation of Terror, by Jonathan Schanzer; Foreign Affinity Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century: How to combat the International Terrorist Network in the United States by Raymond Tanter (In Press); A policy focus by Maj. General (Res) D. Almog (April, 2004), The West Bank Fence: A Vital Component in Israel's Strategy of Defense, including a military critique; and A Defensible Fence: Fighting Terror and Enabling a Two State Solution, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, D. Makovsky (April, 2004). He recently contributed to the American Foreign Policy Council's World Almanac of Islamism.
Prior to joining RUSI, Barak lived in Washington DC and Jerusalem.
RUSI articles and analysis by this author
The Obama Middle East Speech and Israel's Reaction
24 May 2011
For Israeli policymakers, President Obama's major Middle East speech on 19 May 2011 has been met with alarm. An American president has for the first time broken with the traditional US approach to Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. The end result may harden attitudes on both sides of the conflict.
Rescuing the Rebels
29 Mar 2011
Western policymakers may weigh up a number of ways to help the rebels in Libya - what should not be in doubt, however, is their obligation to provide some much-needed assistance.
How Moderate is the Muslim Brotherhood?
18 Mar 2011
The Muslim Brotherhood generally projects a moderate front, but is there evidence to suggest less democratic thinking behind the scenes? (Free access)