MENASource May 5, 2021
Qatar and Egypt are letting bygones be bygones
By Allison Nour
Ultimately, increased Qatari-Egyptian cooperation will likely do more to align with the Joe Biden administration’s interests in increasing diplomacy in the region at a time when the US is re-evaluating its military footprint.
Allison Nour is nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs. She is a vice president at The Cohen Group, where she leads client engagements covering a range of global markets and policy issues. She provides strategic advisory and government relations support to leading companies in sectors including tech, energy, defense, healthcare, financial services, and construction. Nour also heads the firm’s Middle East Practice, managing the firm’s activities on behalf of clients in the Gulf countries, North Africa, and the Levant. From 2018 to 2020, she was based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, running The Cohen Group’s Middle East regional office.
Nour joined The Cohen Group in 2015 after five years in international policy-focused positions in Washington, DC and graduate school at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. She has worked in the US Senate and at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she supported research programs on US foreign policy, Russia, and the Middle East. Earlier, she worked at the National Democratic Institute on Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria issues. From 2007 to 2010, she worked in Egypt in academia.
In 2021, Nour was appointed to the Stephen M. Kellen Term Member Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also a fellow in the Women’s Global Leadership Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and serves on the board of directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Saudi Arabia. Nour holds an MPA from Princeton University and a BA in political science and Arabic from Duke University. She has also studied at the American University in Cairo. She is fluent in Arabic.