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Dr. Michael Sharnoff is an Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School and Director of the Regional Studies Program.
Dr. Sharnoff has traveled extensively in the Middle East and has lived in three major world capitals. He has congressional experience on Capitol Hill, worked at influential policy centers in Washington, and publishes frequently on the Middle East. His articles have appeared in major publications including The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Al Arabiya, Palestine-Israel Journal and Your Middle East.
Dr. Sharnoff is a senior analyst at Wikistrat, a geo-political risk consultancy firm, and his speaking engagements include appearances at the Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship Program and Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
In fall 2012 he founded Sharnoff’s Global Views, a global op-ed forum for internationals to communicate directly with the American people. The site is a professional platform for activists, analysts, spiritual leaders, politicians, and educators. Special emphasis is given to women’s rights, reform and democracy.
Dr. Sharnoff received a bachelor’s in history from the College of Charleston and a master’s in Middle Eastern History from Tel Aviv University. He completed a Ph.D. in Middle East Studies from King’s College, London, and his research interests include the Arab-Israeli conflict, Political Islam, and contemporary Middle Eastern history. He is the author of Nasser’s Peace: Egypt’s Response to the 1967 War with Israel.
Recent Publications & News
Nasser’s Peace: Egypt’s Response to the 1967 War with Israel
Gamal Abdel Nasser was arguably one of the most influential Arab leaders in history. As President of Egypt from 1956 to 1970, he could have achieved a peace agreement with Israel, yet he preferred to maintain his unique leadership role by affirming pan-Arab nationalism and championing the liberation of Palestine, a common euphemism for the destruction of Israel.
In that era of Cold War politics, Nasser brilliantly played Moscow, Washington, and the United Nations to maximize his bargaining position and sustain his rule without compromising his core beliefs of Arab unity and solidarity. Surprisingly, little analysis is found regarding Nasser’s public and private perspectives on peace in the weeks and months immediately after the 1967 War. Nasser’s Peace is a close examination of how a developing country can rival world powers and how fluid the definition of “peace” can be.
Drawing on recently declassified primary sources, Michael Sharnoff thoroughly inspects Nasser’s post-war strategy, which he claims was a four-tiered diplomatic and media effort consisting of his public declarations, his private diplomatic consultations, the Egyptian media’s propaganda machine, and Egyptian diplomatic efforts. Sharnoff reveals that Nasser manipulated each tier masterfully, providing the answers they desired to hear, rather than stating the truth: that he wished to maintain control of his dictatorship and of his foothold in the Arab world.
Articles and Book Chapters
The Pervasiveness of anti-Semitism in Jordanian Media (E-Notes, Foreign Policy Research Institute, September 2017)
A Humiliated Arab World Turns to Islamism (The Jewish Chronicle, June 6, 2017)
Nasser’s Legacy on the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War (BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 472, May 21, 2017)
Arab Decline and Iran’s Rising Influence (The World Post, 10 Feb 2016)
Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, leader of the largest Arab nation during the 1950s and 1960s, was one of the most popular and charismatic statesmen of the twentieth century. In his 1954 memoir, The Philosophy of the Revolution, Nasser claimed that Egypt’s unique geography and historical legacy enhanced its ability to influence Africa, the Muslim world, and the Arab world. Of these three significant regions, it was the Arab world which captivated Nasser’s attention the most: “I always imagine that in this region in which we live there is a role wandering aimlessly about in search of an actor to play it.” . . .
How the Egyptian Press Views the Yemen War (The World Post, 29 Apr 2015)
Michael Sharnoff explores recent editorials from major Egyptian newspapers that can provide a glimpse of Cairo’s attitudes toward the war in Yemen: On March 25, Saudi Arabia led a pan-Arab military campaign in Yemen known as “Decisive Storm” to expel the Iranian-backed Houthis, who seized control of the country in January after deposing President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. . . .
White House Needs to Support Egypt and Jordan With a Consistent Anti-Terrorism Strategy (The World Post, 10 Mar 2015)
Anticipate Greater Jordanian Role in the West Bank (Your Middle East, Jul. 4, 2013)
Palestinian Attitudes toward Israel (E-Notes: Middle East Media Monitor, Foreign Policy Research Institute, May 2012)
Reexamining the Arab Peace Initiative (Huffington Post, Jan. 24, 2012)
Post-Mubarak Egyptian Attitudes toward Israel (E-Notes: Middle East Media Monitor, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Oct. 2011)
Revisiting Nasser and Palestine after the 1967 War (al Arabiya, Jun. 2011)
“Inconsistent Policies for the Arab Uprising,” inFOCUS Quarterly, Fall 2012.
“Israel’s Relationship with Egypt: An Uncertain Future,” Near East Quarterly, Issue IX (August 2012).
“Can Palestinian Third Parties Make A Difference?” Palestine-Israel Journal (Vol. 18 No. 2 & 3, 2012).
“Defining the Enemy as Israel, Zionist, Neo-Nazi or Jewish: The Propaganda War under Nasser’s Egypt, 1952-1967,”Vidal Sassoon Center International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, Feb. 2012.
“Nasser’s Arab Rivals: 1958-1967,” Institute for Security and Defense Analysis (Greece), Middle East Observer (Issue 4, Vol. 4, March-June 2011).
“The Syrian-Soviet Alliance,” inFOCUS Quarterly, Spring 2009.
A Peace to End All Peace. Juliana Geran Pilon, inFOCUS Quarterly, Spring 2017.
Unprotected: Palestinians in Egypt since 1948. Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, May 18, 2010.
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