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Sami Moubayed

Sami Moubayed is a Syrian historian and founding chairman of The Damascus History Foundation, which aims at preserving the late Ottoman, colonial, and early independence documents of the Syrian capital, threatened by age, neglect, and the present war in Syria. In 2012-2013, he served as a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. His research focuses on Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is also a research fellow at St. Andrews University in Scotland and a co-founder of its Syrian Studies Center. He is an expert on pre-Baath Syria. 

Moubayed has written several books, including Damascus Between Democracy and Dictatorship (University Press of America, 2000), Steel & Silk: Men and Women Who Shaped Syria 1900-2000 (Cune Press, 2005), and Syria and the USA: From Wilson to Eisenhower (IB Tauris, 2012). His 2015 book, "Under the Black Flag: At the frontier of the new jihad" (IB Tauris) has been translated into six languages.