H. A. Hellyer

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

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Arab transitions, Counterterrorism, Democracy and human rights, International Security, Religious extremism


Africa, Egypt, European Union, Gulf, Libya, Syria


Arabic, French

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Dr. H.A. Hellyer is a nonresident senior fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council. He is also associate fellow in international security studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London. Before joining the Council, he was a nonresident fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and a research associate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. During his tenure at the University of Warwick (UK) as fellow and Senior Research Fellow, Dr. Hellyer was appointed as deputy convenor of the UK Government's Taskforce for the 2005 London bombings, and served as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's (FCO) first Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) fellow as part of the 'Islam' and 'Counter-Terrorism' teams.

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.