Acting Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle EastDanya 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.
February 10, 2014Al Jazeera America quotes Rafik Hariri Center Acting Director Danya Greenfield on Yemeni President Hadi’s decision to transform the country into a six region federation:
February 04, 2014Libya-watchers should be encouraged by the initiation of the country’s National Dialogue last month and an election date set for the constitution-making body on February 20, both of which give much-needed positive momentum to lift Libya out of the cycle…
January 29, 2014Typical headlines from Yemen usually highlight a recent assassination, damage from a drone strike, or violent tribal feuding, so it’s worth noting the positive milestone in the country’s transition process with the official close of Yemen’s National Dialogue.
January 28, 2014Amidst troubling reports of setbacks in the Arab awakening countries - ongoing militia violence in Libya and repressive measures in Egypt by the military-backed government - Yemen offers an inspiring and hopeful example with the recent completion of its National Dialogue Conference…
January 25, 2014Washington Post Columnist David Ignatius quotes Rafik Hariri Center Acting Director Danya Greenfield and Nonresident Senior Fellow Duncan Pickard in a piece examining democratic transitions across the Middle East and North Africa: