Ethan Chorin

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Ethan Chorin
EducationU.C. Berkeley
Stanford University
Yale University
OccupationCEO-Perim Associates, LLC
Editor-Africa Review 3 Magazine
Known forAuthor and Middle East expert
Notable work
Translating Libya
(2008, Saqi Books-SOAS)
Exit The Colonel: The Hidden History of the Libyan Revolution
(PublicAffairs, 2012)
How America Lost
the Middle East
(2019, C Hurst & Co
Publishers Ltd)

Ethan Chorin is a Middle East and Africa-focused scholar and entrepreneur. He is known as a leading analyst of Libyan affairs, and for his applied development work in the Middle East and Africa, in the area of environmental science and healthcare.


Chorin began his career as a business developer with Shell Oil.[1][2] In 2004 he joined the U.S. Foreign Service, and was one of a small number of U.S. diplomats posted to Libya (2004-2006) immediately following the U.S. rapprochement with Gaddafi c. 2004.[3] He served in Libya as the Economic and Commercial attaché from 2004-2006, and was subsequently posted to Washington, D.C. and the United Arab Emirates. From 2008-2011 he was Senior Manager for Communications, and then Government Relations, at Dubai Ports World (DP World),[4] and was head of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program from 2009-2011.[5]

Chorin returned to Libya in July, 2011 as co-founder of the 501c(3) non-profit Avicenna Group, to assist with post-revolutionary medical capacity-building.[6] As part of this effort, he recruited Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to work with Benghazi Medical Center (BMC, on a program to build trauma capacity in Benghazi.[7] The MOU for this project was signed a day before the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, was to visit BMC to express support for the project the following day.[8] Chorin has written several pieces on the impact of that attack on U.S. foreign policy in the region.[9][10]

Chorin was a Director at Berkeley Research Group (BRG) from 2012-2013, before founding Perim Associates, which advises international law firms and governments. As CEO of Perim Associates, Chorin created the 2015 ministerial East Africa Environmental Risk & Opportunity “ERO” Summit, held in Djibouti, and hosted by the President of the Republic of Djibouti.[11][12] Yale University Climate and Energy Center played a prominent role in the conference,[13] which was highlighted by Secretary of State John Kerry in a Djibouti press conference.[14]

Chorin has spoken and testified on Libya before bodies such as the NATO Parliamentary Assembly[15] and the U.S. Congress. He has been a frequent commentator on Libya for the BBC.[16]


Chorin has written two books on Libya. Translating Libya (2008, Saqi Books-SOAS)[17] is known as one of the most significant English language sources on Libyan short fiction.[18][19][20][21] It is a collection of translations of 16 short stories set in various locations in Libya, interspersed with Chorin’s travelogue and social commentary. Darf Publishers published an expanded edition in 2015 with a foreword by Libyan novelist Ahmed Ibrahim Fagih.[22]

Chorin’s second book, Exit the Colonel: The Hidden History of the Libyan Revolution, traces the origins of the 2011 Libyan Revolution.[23][24][25] Libya historian Dirk Vandewalle called Exit The Colonel “undoubtedly...the best analytical work on Libya and its revolution for a very long time.[26]"Middle East constitutional lawyer and ex-Lebanese Presidential candidate Chibli Mallat[27] noted that Chorin had “reconstructed the murky events (of the first few days of the Revolution) in remarkable detail.[28]

Education and awards[edit]

Chorin holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in Agricultural and Resource Economics (2000).[29] Chorin received a master's degree from Stanford University in International Policy Studies (1993)[30] and a bachelor's degree from Yale University in Near Eastern Literature and Civilizations (1991), cum laude, with Distinction in the major[31]

Chorin was a Fulbright Fellow in Amman, Jordan (1994-1995),[32] an IIE Fulbright Hays Doctoral Research Fellow in Aden, Yemen (1998-1999),[33] and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the Ecole polytechnique, France (1993-1994)[34]

Chorin has been a Social Enterprise Fellow at the Yale School of Management (SOM) (2012),[35] a Non-Resident Fellow at the Dubai School of Government (2009-2011),[36] He was a member of the 2008 Obama Campaign’s Foreign Policy Advisory Group.[37] He was recipient of a U.S. Department of State Meritorious Honor Award for his work in Libya, and a Sinclaire Award for language achievement in Persian[38]

Chorin was born New York City, and grew up in Berkeley, California. He is the son of mathematician Alexander Joel Chorin and Alice Jones Chorin.

Books authored[edit]

  • Chorin, Ethan (2008). Translating Libya. PublicAffairs. p. 238. ISBN 978-0863566479.
  • Chorin, Ethan (2012). Exit the Colonel. Saqi Books-SOAS. pp. 384. ISBN 978-1610391719.
  • Chorin, Ethan (2019). How America Lost the Middle East. C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd. p. 224. ISBN 978-1787381292.

Notable publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Ethan Chorin". Sep 16, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  2. ^ "Third World countries receive a helping `hand' - Denver Business Journal". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  3. ^ "Congressional Record, 108th Congress". Congressional Record, 108th Congress, October 7, 2004. October 7, 2004.
  4. ^ "Piracy Conference Outcome" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Fellows". Yale School of Management. 2013-07-09. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  6. ^ "news-telemedicine-retinopathy-screening-libya". Retrieved 2016-06-20.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Speakers - World Affairs Council". Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  8. ^ Chorin, Ethan (2012-09-13). "What Libya Lost When Ambassador Stevens Died". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  9. ^ Chorin, Ethan (2013-05-13). "The Deeper Blame for Benghazi". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  10. ^ "Setting the Record Straight on Benghazi". Foreign Affairs. 2016-03-01. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  11. ^ "Not everybody is united behind climate risk summit - DJIBOUTI - The Indian Ocean Newsletter 27/03/2015". Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  12. ^ "East Africa ERO Summit Seen as Important Step Towards 'Paris Climate 2015' – Press Releases on". Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  13. ^ "East Africa and Arabia Prepare for a Shared Climate Future". Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  14. ^ "Remarks With Djiboutian Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  15. ^ "NATO PA - Responsibility to Rebuild and Greater Attention to the Humanitarian Crises Affecting the Middle East and North Africa Top the Agenda at the NATO PA GSM Seminar in Rome, Italy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-12. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  16. ^ "Libya: Obama's 'biggest regret', Focus on Africa - BBC World Service". BBC. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  17. ^ "translation | The Silphium Gatherer | مجمّع سلفيوم". Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  18. ^ "translation | The Silphium Gatherer | مجمّع سلفيوم". Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  19. ^ "Translating Libya: stories of love and hardship by Susanna Tarbush - Common Ground News Service". Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  20. ^ mlynxqualey (2011-01-17). "Libyan Writing (in English): New, Forthcoming, Beautiful, and Free". Arabic Literature (in English). Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  21. ^ "Book review: Translating Libya by Ethan Chorin opens a window into a diverse country | The National". Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  22. ^ Starbush (2016-02-05). "the tanjara: Darf Publishers issues new edition of trailblazing book 'Translating Libya'". the tanjara. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  23. ^ "Diana" (PDF).
  24. ^ "Ahmed Fagih: After the revolution". Bookanista. 2015-11-29. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  25. ^ editor, Marjorie Kehe, Monitor book (2011-02-23). "7 books to help you understand Libya". Christian Science Monitor. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved 2016-06-20. {{cite news}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  26. ^ Chorin, Ethan (2012-10-23). Exit the Colonel: The Hidden History of the Libyan Revolution. PublicAffairs. ISBN 9781610391719.
  27. ^ "CHIBLI W MALLAT - Biography - Faculty Profile - The University of Utah". Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  28. ^ "Philosophy of Nonviolence". Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  29. ^ Leusmann, Harald (2001-01-01). "Recent (1999-2001) Doctoral Degrees in Middle East Studies". Middle East Studies Association Bulletin. 35 (2): 279–296. JSTOR 23063529.
  30. ^ "The Stanford Daily 11 June 1993 — The Stanford Daily". Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  31. ^ "Yale Class of 1991". Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  32. ^ "Fulbright Scholar Directory | Fulbright Scholar Program". Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  34. ^ "The Stanford Daily 11 June 1993 — The Stanford Daily". Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  35. ^ "Fellows". Yale School of Management. 2013-07-09. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  36. ^ "Global Challenge, Regional Responses: Forging a Common Approach to Maritime Piracy".
  37. ^ Not Published
  38. ^ "Past Sinclaire Award Winners". Retrieved 2016-06-20.