Emile  Sahliyeh

Professor & Director of International Studies, University of North Texas

(940) 565-2314

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Emile Sahliyeh received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University. In 1987, he joined the Department of Political Science at the University of North Texas. Since 1999, he has been the Director of the International Studies Major at the University of North Texas. He received several prestigious fellowships including the RAND Corporation Fellowship, Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Fellowship, Ford Foundation Scholarship, Brookings Institution Fellowship, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fellowship for International Security Studies. His research focuses on religious resurgence and ethnic protest in the Middle East, Palestinian politics and leadership, issues of war and peace in the Middle East, and the status of democracy and human rights in the Middle East. In addition to more than 30 articles and chapters, he is the author and editor of The PLO after the Lebanon War in Search of Leadership: West Bank Politics since 1967, and Religious Resurgence and Politics in the Contemporary World. Finally, Dr. Sahliyeh lectures widely in the United States and the Middle East and is frequently consulted about Middle Eastern politics by the American media and the U.S. government.

Education and Honors

  • Ph.D., International Relations, Georgetown University, 1987
  • M.A., Political Science, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1973
  • B.A., Political Science, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1971

Publications, Speeches and Presentations


  • “Together against terrorism: Building terrorism resistant communities,” Erik Case And Emile Sahliyeh Amsterdam, the Netherlands: IOS Press NATO
  • "Transmitting Reform: The Impact of New Media on the Status of Democracy in the Middle East,”
    Brian Calfano and Emile Sahliyeh, Critique Middle East Critical Studies
  • "The Determinents of Democracy in the Organization of the Islamic Conference,” Brian Calfano and Emile Sahliyeh, Social Science Quarterly September, 2008 (89:3)
  • "The status of Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East: Does Regime Type Make a difference?,” Emile Sahliyeh, Todd Spinks, and Brian Calfano, Journal of Democratization
  • Suicide Attacks of the PKK, in Teymur, S. & Smith C.J., (ed.) The PKK: A Decades-old Brutal Marxist-Leninist Separatist terrorist Organization, Nikbay, Ozger. & Sahliyeh, Emile, The Turkish Institute for Security and Democracy Publications, Washington DC