Biography

of Sami Moubayed

Sami Moubayed

Sami Moubayed

Sami Moubayed is founding chairman of  The Damascus History Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at preserving the archives of Damascus, endangered by the ongoing war in Syria.

In 2012-2013, he was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and in 2016, was elected to The Royal Historical Society of Great Britain. He is also a Research Fellow at St Andrews University in Scotland, and a co-founder of its Syrian Studies Center. In 2015 he became a senior adviser to the Emir Abdelkader El Djezairi Foundation on Culture and Heritage.

In 2006-2012, Moubayed served as editor-in-chief of Forward Magazine, Syria’s leading English monthly.

Previously he worked at the Arab Political Document Center at the American University of Beirut (AUB).

In 2005-2012, he taught at the Faculty of International Relations at the University of Kalamoon in Syria, and currently serves on the University’s Board of Trustees.

Moubayed has worked with Gulf News in Dubai since 2001. His articles have also appeared in The Daily Star (2000-2001), Asia Times (2005-2011), and Huffington Post (2010-present). In 2006-2008 he was a weekly panelist with The Washington Post.

He also publishes frequently in Arabic with the Beirut-based Assafir newspaper.

He is an author of numerous books that include:

  • “The Politics of Damascus 1920-1946” (Damascus, 1998)
  • “Damascus Between Democracy and Dictatorship 1948-1958” (Maryland, 2000)
  • “Steel & Silk: Men and Women Who Shaped Syria 1900-2000” (Seattle, 2005)
  • “Syria and the USA” (IB Tauris, 2012)
  • “Under the Black Flag” (IB Tauris, 2015)
  • “Tareetkh Dimashq al-Mansi” (Riad El-Rayyes Books, 2016).