Deputy Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
TopicsArab transitions, Democracy and human rights, US Policy towards democratic transitions, US policy in the Middle East , US-Gulf relations
RegionsEgypt, Gulf, Jordan, Middle East, Yemen
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October 16, 2014Two suicide bombing attacks in Yemen last week took the lives of at least 67 people and wounded more than 75 people, widely assumed to be the handiwork of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). This horrendous loss of lifeâ€¦
October 10, 2014Ria Novosti quotes Rafik Hariri Center Deputy Director Danya Greenfield on US drone use in Yemen and in the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham:
October 09, 2014A new Atlantic Council issue brief argues that current US counterterrorism efforts in Yemen fail to address deeper structural issues that foment extremism and destabilize Yemen's central government.In â€śA Blueprint for a Comprehensive US Counterterrorism Strategy in Yemen,â€ť former USâ€¦
October 09, 2014Despite President Obamaâ€™s assertion that the United Statesâ€™ counterterrorism strategy targeting militants in Yemen and Somalia provide a â€śsuccessfulâ€ť model to be emulated in its fight against ISIS, a new Atlantic Council issue brief assesess the use of drones andâ€¦
Full BioDanya Greenfield is the deputy 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.