Oren Kessler

Deputy Director for Research
and Research Fellow,
Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Oren Kessler is deputy director for research and research fellow at Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where his areas of focus include Egypt, the Arab world and Israel. Oren moved to Washington DC in October 2014 from London, where he served as Middle East research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society think tank. Previously he spent eight years in Israel, serving as the Jerusalem Post’s Arab affairs correspondent and as a writer, editor and translator for Haaretz English Edition.

Oren's work has appeared in leading news outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Politico, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard and Forbes, and academic journals including Middle East Quarterly, Journal of International Security Affairs and Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs. His commentary has appeared in newspapers including The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, and he is a frequent contributor to broadcast media including the BBC and CNN. Oren has testified to the UK Parliament on Iran's nuclear program, and to the EU Parliament on European-Israeli relations.

Oren holds an Honors BA in History from the University of Toronto and an MA in Government (Diplomacy and Conflict Studies) from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. He is fluent in Hebrew and Spanish and has advanced language skills in Arabic.