Resident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
TopicsArab transitions, Democracy and human rights, US policy in the Middle East
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November 17, 2014Whatâ€™s Happening with US Military Aid to Egypt, Part II: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Foreign Military Financing for EgyptAppropriations laws, which fund US federal government operations and programs such as foreign assistance, are byzantine documents to be sure. But they matter a lot in US-Egypt ties because of the central role that aid, especially military aid, plays inâ€¦
November 04, 2014Voice of America quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne on the recent parliamentary elections in Tunisia:
October 30, 2014The New York Times quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne on recent parliamentary elections in Tunisia:
October 28, 2014Global Post quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne on the democracy-building process in Tunisia:
October 16, 2014The National quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne on how the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham has muted US criticism against Egypt:
Full BioAmy Hawthorne is a resident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. She is a Middle East expert with extensive policy, analytical, and practical experience on Arab political reform and democracy promotion.
Before joining the Atlantic Council in April 2013, Hawthorne was an appointee at the US Department of State, where she helped to shape and coordinate US support for Egypt's transition and advised on the US response to the Arab Spring. Prior to her government service, Hawthorne was executive director of the Hollings Center for International Dialogue, a nongovernmental organization operating in Washington and Istanbul that promotes mutual understanding between the United States and predominantly Muslim countries. She was previously an associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she was the founding editor of the Arab Reform Bulletin (now Sada) and analyzed political reform in the Arab world. At the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Hawthorne was senior program officer for the Middle East, managing democracy programs across the Arab world. She has advised numerous organizations on democratic development in the region.
Hawthorne graduated with honors in history from Yale University, with a focus on the Middle East, and obtained her MA in modern Middle Eastern studies at the University of Michigan, where she concentrated on Islamic law. She has advanced skills in Arabic and has lived and traveled extensively throughout the Arab world (especially Egypt) as well as in Turkey.