Acting 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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September 11, 2014President Barack Obama has faced tremendous pressure to respond to the stunning growth of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS, ISIL, or Islamic State). The groupâ€™s videos, showing the beheading of two American journalists, brought the conflict toâ€¦
September 02, 2014Estimates of 10,000 Yemenis protesting in the streets of Sanaâ€™a against lifting fuel subsidies have prompted international concernâ€”mostly regarding the Houthi movementâ€™s ability to mobilize such masses in their aggressive game of Russian roulette with the Yemeni government.
August 22, 2014The International Business Times quotes Rafik Hariri Center Acting Director Danya Greenfield on the Houthi movement in Yemen:
July 24, 2014Ozy quotes Rafik Hariri Center Acting Director Danya Greenfield on Yemeni political street art:
June 30, 2014The 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 Atlanticâ€¦
Full BioDanya 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.