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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  • 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.

  • The Middle East in 2015: What to Watch
    • December 29, 2014

    The Middle East in 2015: What to Watch

    Carnegie scholars assess the Middle East in the year ahead, including potential game changers that could have a big impact for the future of the region.

  • Arab Human Rights Organizations Fear for Their Future in a Volatile Region
    • December 02, 2014

    Arab Human Rights Organizations Fear for Their Future in a Volatile Region

    The roller coaster on which Arab countries have ridden since the 2011 uprisings has given a particularly rough ride to indigenous human rights organizations. Embattled since their founding in the 1980s and 1990s, and often accused of carrying out foreign agendas, groups in several countries are now fighting for their very existence.

  • Egypt’s Student Protests: The Beginning or the End of Youth Dissent?
    • October 22, 2014

    Egypt’s Student Protests: The Beginning or the End of Youth Dissent?

    As the Egyptian government’s crackdown on dissent broadened over the last year, university campuses have increasingly been in the crosshairs as one of the last remaining spaces for dissent.

  • What Egypt Can and Cannot Do Against the Islamic State
    • September 22, 2014

    What Egypt Can and Cannot Do Against the Islamic State

    In the struggle against the Islamic State, Egypt needs sound political and economic policies that will quench the spread of violence and extremism within the country itself.

Education

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

Languages
  • Arabic
  • English
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