Distinguished Research Fellow for the Middle East, Institute for National Strategic Studies
Adjunct Professor in the Elliott School and Senior Research Fellow and Middle East Project Director in the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. Before joining INSS in 1995, Dr. Yaphe served for 20 years as a senior analyst on Middle Eastern and Persian Gulf issues in the Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, Directorate of Intelligence, CIA. She specializes in Iraq, Iran, Arabian/Persian Gulf security issues, and Political Islam/Islamic extremism. She is the recipient of the Intelligence Medal of Commendation and other awards. Her publications include Strategic Implications of a Nuclear-Armed Iran with Dr. Kori Schake, (2001), The Middle East in 2015: The Impact of Regional Trends on U.S. Strategic Planning (2002), The United States and the Persian Gulf, ed. by Richard D. Sokolsky (2003), as well as articles on Iraq and U.S. policy that have been published in the Middle East Journal, Middle East Policy, Current History, Carnegie’s Arab Reform Bulletin, and The Washington Quarterly. She briefs senior U.S. and foreign officials and has testified before Congressional committees on Iraq and regional strategic issues. Dr. Yaphe received the B.A. with Honors in History from Moravian College and the Ph.D. in Middle Eastern History from the University of Illinois. She held NDEA and NDFL fellowships and wrote her doctoral dissertation on The Arab Revolt in Iraq, 1916-1920. She has also taught at the University of Illinois and Goucher College.