Bilal Y. Saab
Bilal Y. Saab is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense and Security Program at the Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington, D.C, as well as an Associate Fellow with Chatham House in London. With Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service, Saab is an Adjunct Professor teaching graduate courses on U.S. defense policy in the Middle East and international security studies. He is the author of Rebuilding Arab Defense: US Security Cooperation in the Middle East (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, May 2022).
Prior to MEI, Saab served as Senior Advisor for Security Cooperation (SC) in the Pentagon’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, with oversight responsibilities for U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). In his capacity as the Department of Defense’s lead on security cooperation in the broader Middle East, Saab supported the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy’s responsibility for SC oversight by leading prioritization and strategic integration of SC resources and activities for the USCENTCOM Area of Responsibility.
Issues of Expertise
Arms Control; Defense; Deterrence; Regional Security; Security Cooperation; Defense Strategy; Defense Posture; US Defense Policy
Countries of Expertise
Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and UAE
Arabic, English, and French