Raymond E. Karam

Chief Program and Development Officer, AGSIW

Raymond Karam is the chief program and development officer at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. Prior to joining AGSIW, Karam served as the EastWest Institute’s Washington, DC representative. In this capacity, he directed the institute’s outreach to members of Congress, congressional staff, various federal departments, foreign embassies, and international organizations.

A skilled dialogue practitioner, Karam also led the EastWest Institute’s Track II diplomatic initiatives with partners in the Middle East on issues of regional security, nonproliferation, economic development, and environmental governance. He facilitated U.S.-Iran policy dialogues, which served as one of the few bridges for sustained, face-to-face discussions between Americans and Iranians.

Karam has also worked for the Synergos Institute’s Arab World Social Innovators Program, supporting social entrepreneurs serving poor and marginalized communities in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Palestine.

Karam holds a Bachelor of Science in political science and international affairs from Hofstra University, a Master of Science in international relations and transnational security from New York University, and a certificate in international law and European studies from the University of Amsterdam.

A native of Lebanon, he speaks fluent Arabic and French and has a working knowledge of Farsi.

2024 Outlook

On January 9, AGSIW hosted a virtual roundtable with its leadership and scholars as they looked ahead and assessed trends likely to shape the Gulf region and U.S. foreign policy during the coming year.

2021 Outlook

AGSIW hosted a virtual private roundtable with its leadership and scholars as they looked ahead to assess trends likely to shape the Gulf region during the coming year.

The Conflict in Yemen in its Sixth Year

On March 30, AGSIW hosted a briefing discussing salient issues and developments in the conflict in Yemen as it enters its sixth year.

The Collapse of OPEC+ and the Oil Price Crash

On March 10, AGSIW hosted a briefing analyzing recent tensions within the alliance of OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers, OPEC+, and the ensuing oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Oman After Qaboos

AGSIW hosted a private discussion on the future of Oman following the passing of Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

2020 Vision: AGSIW Assesses Threats and Opportunities in the Gulf

On January 8, AGSIW hosted a conversation considering the trends likely to shape the Gulf region in 2020.