Thomas W. Lippman
is a journalist and author who specializes in Middle East affairs, in particular Saudi Arabia–United States relations. He worked for more than thirty years at the
as a reporter and eventually as its Middle East bureau chief. Lippman currently serves as an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute. He is the author of seven books on the Middle East, including
Understanding Islam: An Introduction to the Muslim World
Arabia on the Edge: The Uncertain Future of an American Ally.