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

  • April 08, 2014
    Two months after Yemen’s National Dialogue Conferences concluded, many questions remain about how the next steps in the transition and the guarantees produced by the Dialogue will be implemented. In a country where half of the population lives below the
  • March 28, 2014
    The crisis over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine dominated this week’s EU-US Summit in Brussels, followed by the topics that had been intended as top priorities for the meeting: negotiations for a broad transatlantic trade partnership and Europe’s anger at how
  • March 21, 2014
    The rise of social media has had a profound effect on youth throughout the world, but in the Gulf in particular this new outlet for information exchange has created a space for activism that was impossible until now. On March
  • March 17, 2014
    The Wall Street Journal quotes Rafik Hariri Center Acting Director Danya Greenfield on US involvement in Libya's political transition:
  • March 11, 2014
    Secretary John Kerry’s attendance at the Rome Ministerial Conference on Libya last Thursday is a positive—and much-needed—signal of renewed US attention to that troubled country.
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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.