Mohamad Bazzi

Mohamad Bazzi

Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director

Mohamad Bazzi is an associate professor of journalism at New York University, where he teaches international reporting. He is currently director of NYU’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. From 2019 to 2021, he was associate director of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. From 2009 to 2013, he served as an adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He was also the 2008 Edward R. Murrow press fellow at CFR.

Before joining the NYU faculty, Bazzi was the Middle East bureau chief at Newsday from 2003 to 2008. He established Newsday bureaus in Baghdad and Beirut, and he was the lead writer on the Iraq war and its aftermath. He has written extensively about regional politics, Sunni-Shiite conflicts, and militant Islam. He also covered the 2000 Palestinian uprising, the war in Afghanistan, and the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel. He also served as Newsday’s United Nations bureau chief and as a metro reporter in New York City. His essays and commentaries on the Middle East have appeared in The New York Times, London Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, The Nation, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Review, Politico Magazine, Reuters, and other publications.

He has won numerous journalism awards, including the 2017 and 2016 National Headliner Award; the 2016 National Society of Newspaper Columnists Award; the 2008 Arthur Ross Award for distinguished reporting and analysis on foreign affairs, presented by the American Academy of Diplomacy; the 2008 American Academy of Religion Award for in-depth reporting on religion; the 2005 Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize from the United Nations Correspondents Association; and the 2004 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

 

Published Works

Insider
March 18th, 2022
Putin’s Ukraine playbook is familiar — he used it in Syria
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Washington Post
October 16th, 2021
Lebanon’s people face a deadly false choice: Impunity or chaos
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Washington Post
September 21st, 2021
Biden is doubling down on Trump’s mistake of arms deals with this rogue regime
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
CNN
August 3rd, 2021
A year after massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon’s crisis deepens
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Guardian
March 1st, 2021
Khashoggi was killed in cold blood. Yet Biden refuses to hold culprits accountable
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
Los Angeles Times
February 10th, 2021
Op-Ed: Why tough talk about the Saudis could still lead to big arm sales
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Washington Post
January 7th, 2021
Trump and Kushner are claiming credit for solving a conflict they helped inflame
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
CNN
December 22nd, 2020
Trump is considering a move that would prolong Yemen’s misery
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Guardian
December 7th, 2020
The assassination of an Iranian scientist will make Joe Biden’s job harder
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
Foreign Affairs
August 14th, 2020
The Corrupt Political Class That Broke Lebanon
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The New York Times
January 29th, 2020
The New Lebanon Is the Old Lebanon
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Nation
January 21st, 2020
The Long-Term Consequences of Trump’s Middle East Blundering
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Guardian
January 3rd, 2020
Donald Trump has blundered into a crisis of his own making with Iran
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Guardian
October 29th, 2019
It’s been a year since Khashoggi’s murder. Trump has stopped pretending to care
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Nation
October 4th, 2019
Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Shook Everyone—Except Trump
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Guardian
October 3rd, 2019
America is likely complicit in war crimes in Yemen. It’s time to hold the US to account
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Guardian
July 8th, 2019
The troubling overlap between Jared Kushner’s business interests and US foreign policy
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Guardian
June 8th, 2019
Trump wants to sell more weapons to Saudi Arabia. Congress must stop him
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Nation
May 17th, 2019
Both Saudi Arabia and the United States Are Probably Guilty of War Crimes in Yemen
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Guardian
March 10th, 2019
The heart of the US-Saudi relationship lies in the Kushner-prince friendship
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The New York Times
October 29th, 2018
How Saudi Arabia Wins Friends
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Guardian
October 16th, 2018
Khashoggi’s fate isn’t a surprise: Trump has emboldened Saudi Arabia
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Nation
October 10th, 2018
American Officials Could Be Prosecuted for War Crimes in Yemen
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Atlantic
September 30th, 2018
The United States Could End the War in Yemen If It Wanted To
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Guardian
June 11th, 2018
The war in Yemen is disastrous. America is only making things worse
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
Foreign Affairs
May 24th, 2018
The Reinvention of Iraq’s Muqtada al-Sadr
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The New York Times
May 10th, 2018
Half a Cheer for Democracy in Lebanon
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The New York Times
November 10th, 2017
Saudi Arabia Comes for Hezbollah
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The New York Times
September 26th, 2017
N.Y.U. in Abu Dhabi: A Sectarian Bargain
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Atlantic
June 21st, 2017
Saudi Arabia’s Aggressive New Heir to the Throne
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Atlantic
June 20th, 2017
The Growing U.S.-Iran Proxy Fight in Syria
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Nation
June 9th, 2017
How Trump Is Inflaming the Middle East’s Proxy Wars
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Guardian
June 7th, 2017
Saudi Arabia stroked Trump’s ego. Now he is doing their bidding with Qatar
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Atlantic
May 20th, 2017
Saudi Arabia Has High Hopes for Trump
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
CNN
March 20th, 2017
Jimmy Breslin, who climbed the stairs to get the truth
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Nation
August 23rd, 2016
Why Is the United States Abetting Saudi War Crimes in Yemen?
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Guardian
May 13th, 2016
The ’28 pages’: Americans deserve to know if Saudis financed terror
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Guardian
April 22nd, 2016
Obama may be preaching ‘tough love’ to Saudi – but arms sales tell another story
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Nation
January 15th, 2016
How Saddam Hussein’s Execution Contributed to the Rise of Sectarianism in the Middle East
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
Politico
November 6th, 2015
How Sisi Failed to Stop Terror in Egypt
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Nation
October 9th, 2015
The Biggest Winners of the Arab Spring? Dictators
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The New Yorker
September 16th, 2015
Memo to Donald Trump: Here’s the Difference Between Hamas and Hezbollah
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The New Yorker
July 16th, 2015
Saudi Arabia Strikes Out
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
Politico
July 14th, 2015
How a 7th Century Cleric Led to the Iran Deal
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The New Yorker
June 29th, 2015
ISIS, Saudi Arabia, and A New Wave of Terrorist Violence
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The New Yorker
May 26th, 2015
Lebanon and the Start of Iran and Saudi Arabia’s Proxy War
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
Politico
January 25th, 2015
King Salman’s War
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The New York Times
December 19th, 2014
‘Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms,’ by Gerard Russell
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
Boston Review
August 12th, 2014
The Sistani Factor
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Nation
July 17th, 2013
Islamism After the Coup in Egypt
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The New York Times
August 10th, 2012
Crime and Punishment
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
Foreign Affairs
October 21st, 2011
The Death of the Qaddafi Generation
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The New York Times
September 9th, 2011
Welcome to the Counter-Jihad
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The New York Times
May 29th, 2011
What Did Qaddafi’s Green Book Really Say?
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The Nation
April 27th, 2011
Dark Days for Syria
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
Foreign Affairs
June 21st, 2010
Khomeini’s Long Shadow
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The New York Times
June 18th, 2009
The Sharp and Empathetic Eye of a Westerner in the Middle East
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director
The New York Times
October 3rd, 2008
War on the Corner
Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor | Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Director