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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April 15, 2015As the Middle East and North Africa region grows more unstable, Europe has turned inward, under-using its ability—and even understating the need—to project democratic values in the region.
April 02, 2015In the past weeks, Egypt has been a key player pushing for the formation of a joint Arab military force, and a vital ally in the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi rebel movement in Yemen. As reports emerge of a…
April 02, 2015The heads of Arab League countries agreed at a summit in Egypt last month to set up a joint military force. Tarek Radwan, an Associate Director for the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center and editor of the MENASource blog, interviewed…
April 02, 2015The conclusion of the Arab League Summit on March 30, 2015 culminated in a grand statement announcing the formation of a joint Arab military force to tackle regional challenges from the Maghreb to Yemen. While significant, particularly given the ongoing…
March 31, 2015The National Post quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne on why she's optimistic about the future of the Middle East despite the current conflicts:
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.