Sami Moubayed is a Syrian historian and founder of The Damascus History Foundation, an online project aimed at collecting and protecting the endangered archives of the Syrian capital. Between 2012-2013 he was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Beirut. His research focuses on Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is also a research fellow at St. Andrews University in Scotland and a co-founder of its Syrian Studies Center. Moubayed is an expert on pre-Baath Syria.
Moubayed served as editor-in-chief of Forward Magazine, Syria’s premier English monthly from 2006 to 2011. In 2004, he co-founded SyrianHistory.com, the first online museum of Syrian history. In 2005-2012 he taught international relations at the University of Kalamoon in Syria, where he currently serves on the board of trustees.
Moubayed has written several books, including Damascus Between Democracy and Dictatorship (University Press of America, 2000), Steel & Silk: Men and Women Who Shaped Syria 1900-2000 (Cune Press, 2005), and Syria and the USA: From Wilson to Eisenhower (IB Tauris, 2012). His last book, "Under the Black Flag: At the frontiers of the New Jihad" was published in London in 2015.
Moubayed studied at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and obtained his PhD in Middle East Affairs from the University of Exeter.