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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  • Water Woes
    • July 14, 2020

    Water Woes

    An explainer on the disagreement provoked by construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

  • Egypt’s Former President Hosni Mubarak Has Been Buried
    • February 26, 2020

    Egypt’s Former President Hosni Mubarak Has Been Buried

    Spot analysis from Carnegie scholars on events relating to the Middle East and North Africa.

  • A Glass at Least Half Full
    • October 11, 2019

    A Glass at Least Half Full

    Tunisians are preparing to choose a new president, even as their democracy is being consolidated.

  • Arresting Hope in Egypt
    • July 09, 2019

    Arresting Hope in Egypt

    The Sisi regime has cracked down on legal political activity, while the United States has remained largely silent about this.

  • Name Calling
    • May 03, 2019

    Name Calling

    Nine reasons why the likely U.S. decision to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization may backfire.

  • Authoritarian Math
    • April 24, 2019

    Authoritarian Math

    Egypt’s latest referendum results reveal as much as they conceal.

  • Strangling Civil Society
    • January 10, 2019

    Strangling Civil Society

    Egypt’s revised law on nongovernmental organizations promises to be as draconian as before.

  • Manufacturing Consent
    • March 29, 2018

    Manufacturing Consent

    Amid voter lethargy in Egypt, the regime sought to impose a high voter turnout.

  • Why Sisi Seems Worried
    • February 12, 2018

    Why Sisi Seems Worried

    Egypt’s upcoming presidential election may not remove the incumbent, but many problems lie ahead if he wins.

  • What’s Human is Right
    • December 08, 2017

    What’s Human is Right

    In Egypt, the United States can make a difference when it comes to protecting principles.


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

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