aaron stein

Aaron Stein

Board of Directors
President, Foreign Policy Research Institute

Aaron Stein is the President of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI).

Dr. Stein most recently served as the Chief Content Officer at War on the Rocks/Metamorphic Media, where he led the company’s editorial strategy and hosted the War on the Rocks podcast. Previously he served as FPRI’s Director of Research from 2020-2022, and Director of its Middle East Program from 2019-2022.

Prior to joining FPRI, Dr. Stein was a resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council and held fellowships at the Geneva Center for Security Policy (Switzerland), Royal United Services Institute (London), and the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (Istanbul).

Dr. Stein holds a BA in politics from the University of San Francisco and an MA in international policy studies with a specialization in nonproliferation from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Dr. Stein received his PhD in Middle East and Mediterranean studies at Kings College, London.

He is the author of The US War Against ISIS: How America and its Allies Defeated the Caliphate (Bloomsbury, 2021) and Turkey’s New Foreign Policy: Davutoglu, the AKP, and the Pursuit of Regional Order (Routledge, 2015). His commentary has been published in Foreign Affairs, Survival, RUSI Journal, War on the Rocks, and The American Interest. He also co-hosts the Arms Control Wonk podcast, a leading series on arms control, disarmament, and non-proliferation.