Tarek Osman


Tarek Osman is an author, political economist, and broadcaster focused on the Arab and Islamic worlds. He is the author of Islamism: What It Means for the Middle East and the World (Yale, 2016) and the international bestseller Egypt on the Brink (Yale, 2010), published just weeks before Egypt’s 2011 uprising. He wrote and presented the BBC documentary series 'The Making of the Modern Arab World' (2013) and 'Sands of Time: A History of Saudi Arabia' (2015) and is the political counsellor of the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) for the Arab world. He advises the Board of Directors (representing over 65-countries) and senior management on the region’s geo-politics and political-economy, and on the dynamics and challenges of political and economic reform. Tarek has appeared as a commentator on most major international news networks and is a regular contributor on the Arab and Islamic worlds for many leading newspapers and magazines worldwide.

He studied at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy and has 17-years experience in political-economy advisory, strategy consulting, private equity and investment banking.

His website is www.tarekosman.com; and twitter account is @TarekmOsman.

Read an essay by Tarek Osman, The Two Futures of the Arab World

Watch a series of short talks with Tarek Osman here


Videos with Tarek Osman

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

Radio with Tarek Osman

'The Making of The Modern Arab World' by BBC Radio 4

Articles by Tarek Osman

'Imagining a New Arab Order' in The Cairo Review
'Who Will Win the Middle East?' in Foreign Affairs
'The Arab Middle Classes’ Moral Dilemma' in Foreign Affairs
'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