Harold Rhode
Distinguished Senior Fellow, Gatestone Institute

Harold Rhode received in Ph.D. in Ottoman History and later served as the Turkish Desk Officer at the US Department of Defense. He is now a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute.

  • Advisor on Islamic Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense - Net Assessment. 1994-Jan. 2010
  • Servedin Iraq – Coalition Provisional Authority – Liaison to the Iraqi Opposition,March-June, 2003
  • Joined the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Pentagon in May 1982 as an advisor on the Islamic world - with special emphasis on Turkey, Iran and Iraq. Wrote papers on how to understand, negotiate, and deal with Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and the Arab countries. (1982-2010)
  • Most notably during the Gulf War, he served as the Turkish Desk officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). At that time, he continued to write papers for OSD officials on Iran, Iraq, and other Middle Eastern issues. Papers deal with strategies to accomplish US policy goals, and how Middle Easterners perceive our actions. (1990-91)
  • Served on US Department of Defense's Policy Planning Staff. Prepared "think-pieces" and strategy papers on Middle Eastern and Central Asian topics. (1991 -1994)
  • Received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Islamic History, specializing in the history of the Turks, Arabs, and Iranian peoples. Also studied in the universities in Iran, Egypt, and Israel.
  • Studied in and traveled extensively throughout the Islamic world and has studied and done research in universities and libraries in Egypt, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan.
  • Taught Islamic history at the University of Delaware, Adjunct Professor (1979-81)
  • Studiedat Ferdosi University, Mashad, IRAN, during the early and mid-stages of the Islamic Revolution, Spring –Summer 1978
  • Received Ph.D. from Columbia University in Islamic History, specializing in the history of the Turks, Arabs, and Iranian peoples. (1979)
  • Studied in the universities in Iran, Egypt, and Israel.
  • Published many Op. Ed. pieces in the late 70s and early 80s published many Op. Ed. pieces in media such as The Wall Street Journal, and the Philadelphia Bulletin.
  • Languages: Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Hebrew; French, and some Spanish and Italian.

In December 2013, Mr. Rhode was interviewed by The New English Review, in "The Savior of Iraqi Jewish Heritage".

Writings by Harold Rhode  (View Biography)

Title Date
Iran's Strategy to Develop Nuclear Weapons (5 comments) May 29, 2014 at 2:00 am
Have Kerry and Indyk Pushed Abbas into the Arms of Hamas? (3 comments) May 13, 2014 at 4:30 am
Turkey: Are Erdoğan's Days Numbered? (3 comments) December 26, 2013 at 3:00 am
Honor and Compromise in Middle East Leadership (4 comments) July 10, 2013 at 4:30 am
And the Winner is... Iran's Nuclear Program (2 comments) June 18, 2013 at 5:00 am
Understanding the Turkish Demonstrations (3 comments) June 10, 2013 at 4:30 am
The Islamic Mindset in the Middle East (3 comments) May 30, 2013 at 2:30 am
The U.S. Role in the Sunni-Shi'ite Conflict (7 comments) May 17, 2013 at 4:00 am
Would You Name Your Kid "Sword"? (2 comments) April 11, 2013 at 2:00 am
Report from China: What Keeps the Muslim World Back? (5 comments) March 21, 2013 at 4:30 am
Hamas: A Pawn in the Sunni-Shiite War (4 comments) November 29, 2012 at 4:30 am
Hamas's Victory: How Muslims See It (3 comments) November 23, 2012 at 4:30 am
The Alawites and the Future of Syria (8 comments) October 12, 2012 at 6:00 am
What the Iranian People "Really Think"... and How to Help Them (2 comments) July 31, 2012 at 4:00 am
Will Syria Remain a Unified State? (1 comment) July 10, 2012 at 4:45 am
Can Muslims Reopen the Gates of Ijtihad? (4 comments) June 15, 2012 at 4:30 am
Existential Questions Facing the Muslim World (6 comments) June 1, 2012 at 5:00 am
How to Help Iraq April 16, 2012 at 4:00 am
Is the Iranian Regime Rational? (1 comment) February 27, 2012 at 4:15 am
How Iran's Rulers Think about the Nuclear Program (1 comment) December 15, 2011 at 4:30 am
The Concept of Brotherhood in Islam (1 comment) November 9, 2011 at 5:00 am
"The Strongest Tribe" in Iraq November 7, 2011 at 4:45 am
Turkey: Erdogan's New "Ottoman Region" (6 comments) July 13, 2011 at 5:00 am
How WikiLeaks Influence the Middle East December 9, 2010 at 5:00 am
Is Jerusalem Sacred for Muslims? (2 comments) October 20, 2010 at 5:00 am
Turkey: What Really Happened Here? August 12, 2010 at 5:00 am
Turkey in Crisis June 23, 2010 at 5:00 am
Turkey: Secularism vs. Fundamentalism (1 comment) June 4, 2010 at 4:30 am
How Our Muslim Allies Understand the "Crisis" Between the US and Israel March 17, 2010 at 5:00 am