Professor of Practice and Director
Department of Public Policy and Administration


Brief Biography

Ambassador Karim Haggag is a career Egyptian diplomat with over 25 years of service in Egypt’s diplomatic corps. Throughout his career, he has served in numerous capacities focusing on US-Egyptian relations, Middle East regional security, arms control and non-proliferation, and Arab-Israeli diplomacy. His assignments have included serving as director of the Egyptian press and information office in Washington DC from 2002-2007; the Office of the Presidency in Cairo responsible for US-Egyptian relations and economic policy coordination (2002-2007); and the political section of Egypt’s Embassy in Washington (1997-2002) where he was responsible for politico-military affairs and the Middle East peace process. In addition to his diplomatic assignments Ambassador, Haggag was also a visiting professor at the Near East and South Asia Center for Strategic Studies National Defense University in Washington DC (2011-2013), where he focused on the politics of the Arab revolutions and the security implications of the post-revolutionary transitions. He is a graduate of The American University in Cairo, and has earned a masters degree in war studies from King’s College in London.


  • MA War Studies, Department of War Studies, King’s College London, 1995, with a focus on Middle East regional security and US military doctrine
  • BA Political Science, American University in Cairo, 1992

Selected Publications

  • Nabil Fahmy and Karim Haggag, “The Helsinki Process and the Future of the Middle East: The Viability of Cooperative Security Frameworks for a Region in Flux,” in Regional Security Dialogue in the Middle East: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities, ed. Chen Kane and Egle Murauskaite (New York: Routledge, 2014).
  • Karim Haggag, “Proliferation and Deterrence Beyond the Nuclear Tipping Point in the Middle East,” in The War That Must Never be Fought: Dilemmas of Nuclear Deterrence, ed. George P. Shultz and Games E. Goodby (Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 2015).

Teaching Interests

International security, Middle East regional security, conflict management and resolution, international diplomacy and negotiations.