Oren Kessler

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Oren Kessler is an analyst and writer on the Middle East. He is deputy director for research and a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) think tank in Washington D.C.[1]

His work has appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, [2][3] Foreign Policy, [4] Politico, [5] The New Republic[6] and Foreign Affairs.[7]

Kessler previously served as staff writer and editor at Haaretz, Arab affairs correspondent for The Jerusalem Post and Middle East research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society Think tank in London.[8] His research areas include Egyptian politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and Israeli history.

Kessler was one of the journalists targeted by former CNN correspondent Jim Clancy in an anti-Semitic twitter incident that led to Clancy's resignation.[9][10][11]

Kessler was a correspondent of fellow journalist Steven Sotloff until Sotloff was murdered by ISIS militants in 2014. Sotloff wrote to Kessler in 2011 to introduce himself as a fellow former student at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. The 2 had both covered the Arab Spring in Egypt, and, at the time Sotloff first contacted Kessler, Sotloff was reporting from Libya while Kessler was covering Libya from London as a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society. When the news that ISIS had beheaded captive journalist James Foley broke, Kessler and Michael Sapir began lobbying the American governments to intervene to free Sotloff.[12][13][14]


  1. "CNN’s Jim Clancy Resigns After Controversial Israel Tweets". JTA. Haaretz. 17 January 2015. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.637572. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  2. Kessler, Oren (2014-04-04). "Book Review: 'Faisal I of Iraq' by Ali A. Allawi". Book Review: 'Faisal I of Iraq' by Ali A. Allawi. ISSN 0099-9660. http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304679404579459300529199872. 
  3. Kessler, Oren (2013-11-08). "Book Review: 'My Promised Land' by Ari Shavit". Book Review: 'My Promised Land' by Ari Shavit. ISSN 0099-9660. http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304527504579167770239619540. 
  4. "Author Page". http://foreignpolicy.com/author/oren-kessler/. 
  5. "Mourning My Almost-Friend, Steve Sotloff". http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/09/mourning-my-almost-friend-steve-sotloff-110525. 
  6. "Reporters Have Finally Found Hamas. What Took So Long?". https://newrepublic.com/article/119046/gaza-war-media-coverage-lacked-reporting-hamas-fighters-tactics. 
  7. "Author Page: Oren Kessler". 2015-08-24. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/authors/oren-kessler. 
  8. "Oren Kessler Foundation for Defense of Democracies". http://www.defenddemocracy.org/about-fdd/team-overview/oren-kessler. 
  9. Steele, Emily (17 January 2015). "Anchor Leaves CNN After Tweets". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/business/media/cnn-anchor-jim-clancy-leaves-after-tweets.html. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  10. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/jim-clancy-resigns-cnn-international-correspondent-quits-for-suggesting-israeli-propaganda-had-hand-9992030.html
  11. "CNN’s Jim Clancy resigns after controversial Israel tweets". JTA. 16 January 2015. http://www.jta.org/2015/01/16/news-opinion/united-states/cnns-jim-clancy-resigns-after-controversial-israel-tweets. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  12. Kamin, Deborah (3 September 2014). "Steven Sotloff, killed by Islamic State, had deep roots in Israel". Times of Israel. http://www.timesofisrael.com/steve-sotloff-beheaded-by-isis-militants-had-deep-roots-in-israel/?wptouch_preview_theme=enabled. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  13. Zavis, Alexandra (5 September 2014). "Friends, supporters worked to keep Steven Sotloff's Israel ties secret". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-sotloff-israel-20140906-story.html. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  14. Zezima, katie (3 September 2014). "Obama to Islamic State: 'We will not be intimidated'". Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/obama-seeks-to-reassure-baltics-of-nato-support/2014/09/03/84e6d6c8-32f5-11e4-a723-fa3895a25d02_story.html. Retrieved 16 August 2016.