Thomas W. Lippman is an author and journalist who has written about Middle Eastern affairs and American foreign policy for four decades, specializing in Saudi Arabian affairs, U.S.- Saudi relations, and relations between the West and Islam. He is a former Middle East bureau chief of the Washington Post, and also served as that newspaper’s oil and energy reporter. Throughout the 1990s, he covered foreign policy and national security for the Post, traveling frequently to Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries.
Lippman is the author of numerous magazine articles, book reviews and op-ed columns about Mideast affairs, and of seven books: Understanding Islam (1982, 3d revised edition 2002); Egypt After Nasser (1989); Madeleine Albright and the New American Diplomacy (2000); Inside the Mirage: America’s Fragile Partnership with Saudi Arabia (2004); Arabian Knight: Col .Bill Eddy USMC and the Rise of American Power in the Middle East (2008); Saudi Arabia on the Edge (2012), and Hero of the Crossing: How Anwar Sadat and the 1973 War Changed the World (2016).
Lippman has appeared on all major US television networks, NPR, the BBC, and many television stations overseas. He has lectured on Gulf regional affairs at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School, and has also lectured on Middle Eastern affairs at the National Defense University and at the Brookings Institution. He has also been also a consultant to film producers, the U.S. armed forces, the National Counterterrorism Center, corporations that do business in the Gulf.
Lippman is an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington and was an Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.