Mr. Jihad Al-Khazen is a Lebanese columnist. He received his BA in Political Science and MA in Arabic Literature from the American University of Beirut (AUB), after which he embarked on his Ph.D. at Georgetown University in the United States, but instead decided to move to London where he has lived since 1975. Mr. Jihad Al-Khazen served as the shifts chief editor for the Reuters news agency, and later became Editor-in-Chief of the English language newspaper The Daily Star based in Beirut, and Editor-in-Chief of the English language Arab News Daily, published in Saudi Arabia. He was subsequently appointed as the first Editor-in-Chief for the London-based pan-Arab newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat, and also served as Editor-in-Chief of the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper. He eventually retired from this position and instead devoted his time to writing the Al-Hayat political daily column as well as his latest book The Neo-Conservatives and Christian Zionists.
Mr. Jihad Al-Khazen is a board member of the Arab Thought Foundation, the Abdulaziz Al Babtain Prize Foundation for Poetic Creativity, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies of Georgetown University, Media Leaders at the World Economic Forum (Davos), and is also a Member of the Board of Advisors of the World Bank, Middle East and North Africa (MENA).