Ray Takeyh

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Ray Takeyh
Born 1966
Alma mater University of Oxford
Occupation Scholar

Ray Takeyh, DPhil is an Iranian-American Middle East scholar, former United States Department of State official, and a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.[1]

Early life

Ray Takeyh was born in Tehran, Iran in 1966. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Oxford.


Prior to joining the Council, he was a fellow in international security studies at Yale University, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a professor at the National War College, and a professor and director of studies at the Near East and South Asia center at the National Defense University.

Takeyh has written extensively on Iran and on U.S. policy toward the Middle East. He has testified several times before various committees of the U.S. Senate and has appeared as an Iran expert on a variety of television programs, including the PBS Newshour.

Takeyh assisted Dennis Ross in 2009 in the latter's position as senior Iran advisor at the U.S. State Department.[2]


  • Ray Takeyh, Guardians of the Revolution: Iran and the World in the Age of the Ayatollahs (Oxford University Press, 2009). ISBN 978-0-19-532784-7
  • Ray Takeyh, Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic (Times Books/Henry Holt, 2006). ISBN 0-8050-7976-9
  • Ray Takeyh, Nikolas Gvosdev, The Receding Shadow of the Prophet: The Rise and Fall of Radical Political Islam (Praeger Publishers, 2004). ISBN 0-275-97628-9
  • Ray Takeyh, The Origins of the Eisenhower Doctrine: The United States, Britain and Nasser's Egypt, 1953–1957 (Macmillan Press, 2000)


  1. ^ U.S. Is Seeking a Range of Sanctions Against Iran
  2. ^ "New Members of the Obama Administration". Arms Control Association. May 7, 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2015.

External links

  • Ray Takeyh's Council on Foreign Relations web page
  • Senate testimony – September 19, 2006.
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
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