H. A. Hellyer
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
TopicsArab transitions, Counterterrorism, Democracy and human rights, International Security, Religious extremism
RegionsAfrica, Egypt, European Union, Gulf, Libya, Syria
Read Full Bio
March 15, 2019
January 24, 2019Eight years ago today, a small group of Egyptians protested against their government. The protest grew, and led to millions of Egyptians coming to the streets across their country, eventually resulting in Hosni Mubarak resigning the presidency. His rule of…
January 10, 2019US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on January 10 repudiated former US President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies while seeking to reassure allies of the United States’ commitment to the region. Ironically, allies have been rattled of late by US…
November 30, 2018
November 28, 2018
An analyst, author, and commentator on Arab affairs, Muslim-Western communities, Islamism, and European security policies, Dr. Hellyer previously served as the first Arab world-based senior practice consultant at the Gallup Organization, where he analyzed public opinion data in a variety of countries in the Arab world and the West. He is frequently featured in various international media, and has authored several hundred op-eds and media submissions for publications such as the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, the Guardian, the National (Abu Dhabi), and Daily News Egypt. He is regularly interviewed by CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and other networks.
To professionalize political advisory, commercial research, and media services on the Muslim world and MENA – West relations, Dr. Hellyer founded the VC Group as a research consortium for consultants in North America, Europe, the MENA region, and Southeast Asia. Thought leaders in media, business, and other sectors widely use its subject matter expertise. As part of his consultancy work, Dr. Hellyer has served in a variety of capacities looking at Arab-West relations, including as senior academic adviser for Soliya, the UN Alliance of Civilizations implementation organization, and as director of strategic partnerships for the 'Arab Jon Stewart', Bassem Youssef, in 2012.
Alongside his analytical career, Dr. Hellyer has had academic attachments at the University of Warwick, the American University in Cairo, and the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies of the University of Oxford. He was also appointed as visiting professor at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, upon the recommendation of its chancellor, Her Royal Highness, the Sultanah of the State of Johor. He has authored several books and monographs, and has contributed more than twenty-five book chapters and journal articles to various academic and policy presses. Some of his more recent publications include "Muslims of Europe: the 'Other' Europeans" for Edinburgh University Press; "Engagement with the Muslim Community and Counter-Terrorism: British Lessons for the West" for the Brookings Institution Press; and "The Chance for Change in the Arab World: Egypt's Uprising" for Chatham House's Journal of International Affairs. His next book, which will be on the aftermath of the Egyptian revolutionary uprising of 2011, is due to be published in 2016.
Dr. Hellyer's earned a law degree at the University of Sheffield School of Law and an advanced degree in international political economy at the University of Sheffield's Department of Politics. He completed his multidisciplinary PhD at the University of Warwick as an Economic and Social Research Council scholar.