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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July 29, 2015Rafik Hariri Center Resident Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne writes for the Council on Foreign Relations about the upcoming US-Egyptian strategic dialogue:
July 16, 2015The US Senate and House of Representatives appropriations committees have now each passed their versions of the bills that fund the foreign assistance programs for the new Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 that begins on October 1.
July 10, 2015Four months after the congressionally mandated due date, the US State Department finally released its 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. The report on Egypt paints a disturbing picture of the human rights crisis afflicting the country since the…
July 06, 2015Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne writes for The Cairo Review of Global Affairs to review Tarek Masoud's book on Egyptian politics:
June 07, 2015The New York Times quotes Rafik Hariri Center Resident Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne on a report recently presented to Congress, which criticizes the abuses and failings of the Egyptian government:
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.