Joshua Landis

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Joshua M. Landis (born May 14, 1957) is an American academic who specializes in the Middle East and is an expert on Syria.[1][2][3][4][5][6] He is the head of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma,[7] and since 2004, he has published the blog Syria Comment.[8]


Landis was brought up in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon and has lived in various countries of the Middle East, such as Syria, Egypt, and Turkey. In 1982, he was in Syria during the Hama Islamic uprising.[9] He earned his BA from Swarthmore College, his MA from Harvard University, and his PhD from Princeton University.

Fluent in Arabic and French, he has studied Turkish, Italian, and Ottoman. He has received three Fulbright grants and a Social Science Research Council award.


He taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Wake Forest University, and Princeton University before moving to the University of Oklahoma. Since May 2004, Landis has published the Syrian Comment blog, which focuses on Syrian politics, history, and religion. Landis regularly travels to Washington, D.C. to consult with government agencies. In 2008, he received the Outstanding Teaching Award at his university.

Landis is a frequent analyst on TV and radio, like on PBS News Hour, Charlie Rose Show,[10] CNN and Fox News. He has been widely quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Time,[11] and comments frequently for NPR and BBC radio. He has spoken at the Brookings Institution, USIP, Middle East Institute, and Council on Foreign Relations.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Hirsch, Michael (September 29, 2015). "Obama's New Best Friend in Syria: Vladimir Putin". Politico. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ Dilanian, Ken (October 10, 2015). "CIA-backed rebels in Syria face Russian bombardment". PBS Newshour. Associated Press. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ Timm, Trevor (October 13, 2015). "Presidential candidates must answer uncomfortable questions about Syria". The Guardian. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Support For Syrian Regime Critical In Fight Against ISIS, Putin Says At U.N." All Things Considered. NPR. September 28, 2015. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Should the United States Work With Russia in Syria?". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ Hussein, Sara, Lapenkova, Marina (September 16, 2015). "Russia moves into Syria to boost Assad, send signal to West". Yahoo! News. Agence France-Presse . Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  7. ^ Bulos, Nabih (October 12, 2015). "A 'kaleidoscopic' mix of rebel alliances on Syria's battlefield". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Professor's blog keeps OU in the news, world informed on Mideast nation". 2008-11-06. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ Al Subaihi, Thamer (October 14, 2015). "'UAE model of pluralism' praised by US professor". The National. Retrieved October 12, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Crisis in Syria". Charlie Rose Show. February 6, 2012. Archived from the original on September 3, 2014. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  11. ^ See here via his homepage Archived 2012-03-14 at the Wayback Machine., retrieved 1 September 2014.

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