Michael Singh is the Managing Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a nonpartisan think tank dedicated to advancing American interests in the Middle East. Singh was Senior Director for Near East and North African Affairs at the White House from 2007 to 2008, and Director for several Middle Eastern countries, including Iran and Syria, on the National Security Council staff from 2005 to 2007. Earlier, Singh served as Special Assistant to Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, as well as staff aide to the U.S. Ambassador to Israel. He co-chaired Governor Mitt Romney’s State Department transition team in 2012, and served as a Middle East Advisor to the Romney presidential campaign from 2011 to 2012. Singh has served as an adjunct fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Security at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and as an economics instructor at Harvard College. His writings have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, The Economist, International Security, and elsewhere, and he has appeared as a commentator on CNN, NBC, Fox News, and other outlets. Singh earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics summa cum laude from Princeton University and an MBA with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard University.

Last Updated: August 20, 2019



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