Daniel Brumberg

Special Advisor-Iran & North Africa

Daniel Brumberg is a special advisor for Iran & North Africa. He focuses on issues of democratization and political reform in the Middle East and wider Islamic world. He is also an associate professor at Georgetown University and a former senior associate in the Carnegie Endowment’s Democracy and Rule of Law Project (2003-04).

Previously, he was a Jennings Randolph senior fellow at USIP, where he pursued a study of power sharing in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Brumberg was a Mellon junior fellow at Georgetown University and a visiting fellow at the International Forum on Democratic Studies. He was a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science at Emory University and a visiting fellow in the Middle East Program in the Jimmy Carter Center, and has taught at the University of Chicago. Brumberg is the author of many articles on political and social change in the Middle East and wider Islamic world. With a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, he is currently working on a comparative study of power-sharing experiments in Algeria, Kuwait and Indonesia.

A member of the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy and the advisory board of the International Forum on Democratic Studies, Brumberg is also chairman of the nonprofit Foundation on Democratization and Political Change in the Middle East. He has worked closely with a number of nongovernmental organizations in the Arab world, including the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs. Brumberg is also a member of the editorial board of the American Political Science Association’s Political Science and Politics.

He received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University and a doctorate from the University of Chicago.


  • From Insurrection to What?Democracy Digest, February 2011.
  • End of the Pharaoh? Foreign Policy, January 2011.
  • Getting real about democratic reform in the Arab world.” Foreign Policy, January 2011.
  • Defying Middle East Autocrats.” Washington Post: On Faith, January 2010.
  • "Beyond Liberalization?" Wilson Quarterly, Spring 2004.
  • Islam and Democracy in the Middle East, co-edited with Larry Diamond and Marc Plattner (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).
  • "Liberalization Versus Democracy: Understanding Arab Reform," Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Working Paper #37 (May 2003).
  • "End of a Brief Affair? The United States and Iran," Carnegie Policy Brief No. 14 (2002).
  • Reinventing Khomeini: The Struggle for Reform in Iran. University of Chicago Press, 2001


Daniel Brumberg
July 31, 2013
Daniel Brumberg, senior program officer at USIP, gave the following testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa.
Daniel Brumberg
October 1, 2012
By building a strong coalition around the need to reform Egypt’s military and interior ministry, Egypt’s political groups can move toward the critical goal of subordinating its military and security establishment to civilian authority.
Daniel Brumberg, Dorina Bekoe , Moeed Yusuf
September 1, 2011
The September 2011 Prevention Newsletter features a spotlight on the Korean Peninsula: After more than two years of "strategic patience" exercised by Washington in not rushing into negotiations with North Korea, why did it convene a bilateral meeting in New York in late July?
Daniel Brumberg, Dorina Bekoe , Moeed Yusuf
July 1, 2011
Read about USIP’s on-the-ground and region-specific work aimed at helping prevent conflict in Africa, the Middle East, South and Northeast Asia.

Articles & Analysis by this Expert

September 26, 2013
Daniel Brumberg

It is too early to say whether President Hassan Rouhani’s September 24 speech before the United Nations General Assembly will elicit the diplomatic opening that Iran’s leaders seem to be hoping for. But a window of opportunity has opened for a renewed international effort to address the fears and concerns generated by Iran’s nuclear program.

In the News

November 4, 2014

Daniel Brumberg, a special advisor to the U.S. Institute of Peace, said there are signals from Nidaa Tounes that it does not intend to form a coalition with Ennahda. That would be a miscalculation, he said. “If Nidaa Tounes opted to build a coalition ...