Thomas W. Lippman is a Washington-based author and journalist who has written about Middle Eastern affairs and American foreign policy for four decades, specializing in Saudi Arabian affairs, U.S.- Saudi relations, and relations between the West and Islam. He is a former Middle East bureau chief of the Washington Post, and also served as that newspaper's oil and energy reporter. Throughout the 1990s, he covered foreign policy and national security for the Post, traveling frequently to Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East.
Lippman is the author of numerous magazine articles, book reviews and op-ed columns about Mideast affairs, and of seven books: Understanding Islam (1982, 3d revised edition 2002); Egypt After Nasser (1989); Madeleine Albright and the New American Diplomacy (2000); Inside the Mirage: America's Fragile Partnership with Saudi Arabia (2004); Arabian Knight: Col .Bill Eddy USMC and the Rise of American Power in the Middle East (2008); Saudi Arabia on the Edge (2012), and his latest, Hero of the Crossing: How Anwar Sadat and the 1973 War Changed the World, published in January 2016.
A frequent television and radio commentator on Mideast developments, Lippman has appeared on NPR, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, the BBC and Fox News, and on television stations overseas. Several of his lectures on Saudi Arabia have been televised nationally by C-SPAN. He has lectured on Gulf regional affairs at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School, and has also lectured on Middle Eastern affairs at the National Defense University and at the Brookings Institution. He has also been also a consultant to the producers of an A&E documentary on Middle East oil, to the U.S. armed forces, to the U.S. Air Force, to the National Counterterrorism Center, and to corporations that do business in the Gulf.
Lippman is an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, where he serves as the principal media contact on Saudi Arabia and U.S. – Saudi relations.