Daniel Benaim

Visiting Assistant Professor


Daniel Benaim has served as a speechwriter and policy advisor at the White House, State Department, and U.S. Senate. He is currently a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow researching U.S. policy in the Middle East at the Center for American Progress. Until June, he was foreign policy speechwriter and Middle East advisor to Vice President Biden, traveling with the Vice President to twenty-five countries. Before that, he wrote speeches for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Deputy Secretaries Bill Burns and Tom Nides and served as a member of Secretary Clinton’s policy planning staff covering Egypt. Benaim has also been a professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chief speechwriter to Senator John Kerry, and a detailee to the National Security Council staff. He designed and taught a graduate speech-writing course at George Washington University. His writings on behalf of government officials have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs. Publications under his own name include The International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, and The American Prospect. He is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations. 



Tufts University, The Fletcher School

MA, Law and Diplomacy

Yale University

BA, English Literature

Areas of Research

  • Speechwriting
  • Diplomacy
  • The Middle East
  • Policy

External Affiliations

  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • Center for American Progress

Courses Taught

  • Speechwriting & Diplomacy (INTRL-GA 1731)
  • America & The Arab Uprisings (INTRL-GA 1731)
  • U.S. Foreign Policy (INTRL-GA 1748) with Dr. Michael John Williams