Tarek Osman


A regular commentator on the Arab world at leading think tanks and international news stations, Tarek Osman's work has appeared in the Financial Times, the Economist, Foreign Affairs, the Guardian and Foreign Policy, amongst many others. Since November 2011, he has been retained by the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) as the political counsellor for the Southern & Eastern Mediterranean. Osman is the author of the internationally acclaimed Egypt on the Brink (Yale University Press, 2010), which has been translated into Arabic, French, Dutch, and Japanese. Foreign Policy placed Egypt on the Brink in its 2011 Most Important International Relations Book List and the Guardian selected it as the best non-fiction book on Egypt. Before focusing on writing and political-economy advisory, Tarek spent 13 years in strategy consulting, investment banking, and private equity in London and the Gulf, working with industrial and financial investors on transactions in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Tarek studied at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.

Videos with Tarek Osman

Tarek Osman giving an analysis of Egyptian politics back in 2010.

Articles by Tarek Osman

'The Perilous Scenario in the Eastern Mediterranean' on Tarek Osman's blog.
'Arab Prospects Beyond the Arab Spring' in Project Syndicate
'The Future of Saudi Arabia - A Saudi Spring' in Project Syndicate
'Contested Syrian Identities' in The Cairo Review
'Egypt needs ambition, not just to muddle through' in the Financial Times
'Evolve or Expire: The Coming Clash Within the Muslim Brotherhood' in Foreign Affairs
'The Past in Egypt’s Present' in Project Syndicate
'The Islamic State in Context' in OpenDemocracy 
Interview with Foreign Policy
Article in the Financial Times
Articles in OpenDemocracy
Article in The Cairo Review
Interview with FiveBooks

Titles by the Author