October 30, 2014 Washington DC 11:06 AM

Media Relations / Experts

Ismail Dahiyat

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Ismail Dahiyat
Ismail Dahiyat
Ismail Dahiyat
Director, South & Central Asia Division

Born and raised in Jordan, Dr. Ismail Dahiyat joined VOA in 1974 as a broadcaster in the Middle East. Working for the former VOA Arabic Service, he covered major stories including the Iran-Iraq war and Israel’s invasion of Lebanon and the Gulf war. He has traveled and worked in many of the countries of the region, including Iraq, Jordan, Egypt and Palestine (the West Bank). As reporter, author and college professor, Dr. Dahiyat has extensive knowledge of the Middle East, including such major flash points as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ethnic and religious tensions, and the problems of governance and development. He has written about U.S. policy in the Middle East, Arab oil—blessing or curse, the religious and cultural roots of U.S. policy in the Middle East, and Islam in America.

Dr. Dahiyat has taught at Georgetown University, the University of Jordan and Binghamton University. Currently as a VOA Division Director, he oversees eight broadcast services which cover a wide range of issues important to U.S. relations with the Near East, the Caucasus and South and Central Asia.

See what he has to say about:
Extremists affecting Islam's Image
Citizen Uprising
U.S.-Arab Relations
Kurdish Drive for Independence

Flash points of the Middle East
Arab/Palestinian-Israeli conflict
Arab-American affairs
Islam and religion in conflict

British Council’s General Certificate of Education, Amman, Jordan
B.A. (Honors), University of Baghdad, Iraq
M.A. in International Relations, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Ph.D. in English and comparative literature, SUNY

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