Atlantic Council

Danya Greenfield

Acting Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

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Arab transitions, Democracy and human rights, US Policy towards democratic transitions, US policy in the Middle East , US-Gulf relations


Egypt, Gulf, Jordan, Middle East, Yemen



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Recent Activity

  • July 24, 2014
    Ozy quotes Rafik Hariri Center Acting Director Danya Greenfield on Yemeni political street art:
  • June 30, 2014
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) continues to capture more territory and resources in both Iraq and Syria, making real progress in achieving their ultimate goal of establishing an Islamic State. On Thursday, June 26, 2014, the Atlantic
  • June 06, 2014
    Foreign Policy quotes Acting Director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East Danya Greenfield on President Obama's recently announced counterterrorism plan for the Middle East, specifically as it relates to Yemen:
  • June 04, 2014
    Yemen finds itself slipping into turbulent times as tribal conflict, extremist networks, and public grievances threaten to tear the country’s social fabric. Danya Greenfield, acting director for the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, sat down with
  • May 28, 2014
    As Yemen’s Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) begins to work out the details of the country’s proposed federal system, the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East launched “The Challenge of Federalism in Yemen,” an issue brief by nonresident
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Full Bio

Danya Greenfield is the acting director of the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. She leads the Yemen Policy Initiative and writes extensively on Yemen, Jordan, and Egypt, as well as US assistance to the Arab world.

She is a democracy and governance specialist with extensive experience in the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, she worked at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) as a program officer, implementing a three-year corporate governance project in the region, and subsequently managing a portfolio of projects in Yemen. Before CIPE, Greenfield worked as a program officer at the International Republican Institute (IRI) from 2003 to 2007 and helped launch several field offices and managed a variety of programs related to elections, political party strengthening, and civil society development in Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Qatar, Jordan, and West Bank/Gaza. Prior to IRI, she participated in a year-long fellowship to study Arabic at the American University of Cairo and worked with the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights.

From 1997 to 2000, Greenfield worked within the NGO and interfaith community in Washington on international policy issues and advocated to increase US international engagement, support foreign aid, and fulfill US financial commitments to the United Nations.

Greenfield holds a master's degree in international relations and Middle East studies from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor's degree in international relations from Tufts University. She has advanced skills in modern standard Arabic and Egyptian dialect.