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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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:
October 15, 2014Your Middle East quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne on US-Egyptian relations:
September 26, 2014To cheers of â€ślong live Egyptâ€ť from the audience and with angry protestors safely kept at bay on the street outside, Egyptâ€™s new President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivered his inaugural speech on the world stage on Wednesday at the Unitedâ€¦
August 27, 2014With reports emerging on a possible airstrike carried out by the UAE and Egypt on Islamist positions inside the Libyan border, the story remains murky. The United States has issued contradictory statements in response to the reports, and it remains unclearâ€¦
August 27, 2014In the wake of conflicting messages from the United States on reports that the United Arab Emirates and Egypt struck Islamist positions in Libya, MENASource spoke with three Atlantic Council experts to get their reactions to this news.
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.