Dr. Ray Takeyh holds the Hasib J. Sabbagh Chair in Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and previously served as a Senior Advisor on Iran at the State Department. He was also a fellow at Yale University and at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a professor at the National War College and the National Defense University
Dr. Takeyh is the author of the forthcoming, The Last Shah: Iran, America and the Fall of the Pahlavi Dynasty. He is coauthor of The Pragmatic Superpower: Winning the Cold War in the Middle East (2016) and is the author of three previous books including Guardians of the Revolution: Iran and the World in the Age of the Ayatollahs and Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic. He has also written more than 250 articles and opinion pieces in newspapers and journals including Foreign Affairs, ,i>The New York Times,The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and is a frequent witness on Iran and the Middle East at Congressional hearings.
Dr. Takeyh has a doctorate in modern history from Oxford University. He speaks Persian and has a working knowledge of Arabic.