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Flynt L. Leverett

Professor of International Affairs and Asian Studies, Penn State

An expert on the Middle East, energy and the economic dimensions of international security, and Chinese foreign policy, Flynt Leverett is professor of international affairs and Asian studies at Penn State. He is also a visiting scholar at Peking University's Institute of International and Strategic Studies and a senior fellow at the Chongyang Institute of Financial Studies, Renmin University of China. He served in the US government as senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council, on the secretary of state's policy planning staff, and as a CIA senior analyst; he left government service in 2003 because of disagreements over Middle East policy and the conduct of the war on terror. He has also been visiting professor at MIT and Yale.


  • –present
    Professor of International Affairs and Asian Studies, Pennsylvania State University