Michele Dunne

Director and Senior Fellow
Middle East Program

Dunne is an expert on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Michele Dunne is the director and a senior fellow in Carnegie’s Middle East Program, where her research focuses on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as U.S. policy in the Middle East. She was the founding director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council from 2011 to 2013 and was a senior associate and editor of the Arab Reform Bulletin at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 2006 to 2011. 

Dunne was a Middle East specialist at the U.S. Department of State from 1986 to 2003, where she served in assignments that included the National Security Council, the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff, the U.S. embassy in Cairo, the U.S. consulate general in Jerusalem, and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. She also served as a visiting professor of Arabic language and Arab studies at Georgetown from 2003 to 2006.  

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  • Dark Horizons
    • March 03, 2017

    Dark Horizons

    In a podcast, Carnegie Middle East scholars discuss a new report on the state of the Arab world.

  • Black Label
    • January 25, 2017

    Black Label

    Designating the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization may actually backfire.

  • Holiday Asides
    • December 22, 2016

    Holiday Asides

    As 2016 comes to a close, Diwan offers recommendations for this period of relative rest.

  • Christmas after January?
    • December 12, 2016

    Christmas after January?

    Donald Trump would lose by giving Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi what he wants.

  • Pharaoh in the White House?
    • November 17, 2016

    Pharaoh in the White House?

    The United States is probably not going the way of Egypt, despite some similarities.

  • The Song Remains the Same
    • September 26, 2016

    The Song Remains the Same

    While Jordan’s elections promised change, they really just ensured more continuity.

  • Like a Hole in the Head
    • September 21, 2016

    Like a Hole in the Head

    Egypt’s new capital is likely to be another urban failure.

  • Egypt’s Economy: A Mixed Picture, at Best
    • March 11, 2015

    Egypt’s Economy: A Mixed Picture, at Best

    On the eve of Egypt’s much-hyped economic conference, the status of the Egyptian economy remains mixed in the context of deteriorating security conditions and a repressive political climate.

  • Is Sisi Islam’s Martin Luther?
    • January 16, 2015

    Is Sisi Islam’s Martin Luther?

    Despite his call for a “religious revolution” in Islam, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s gestures fit into a pattern of instrumentalizing religion for political purposes. Religious freedom under Sisi’s presidency may not be worse than it was under Mubarak or Morsi, but it is certainly no better.

Education

Ph.D., M.A., B.S., Georgetown University

Languages
  • Arabic
  • English
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