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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  • 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.

  • River of Discontent
    • October 23, 2017

    River of Discontent

    An Ethiopian dam may sharply reduce the Nile’s flow, leaving Egypt high and dry.

  • Cutting Off Cairo
    • August 24, 2017

    Cutting Off Cairo

    The U.S. withdrawal of aid to Egypt points to a fascinating dichotomy in the Trump administration.

  • Return of the Native?
    • August 09, 2017

    Return of the Native?

    Egypt and the UAE are maneuvering to bring Mohammed Dahlan back to Gaza.

  • A Seesaw for Sisi in Washington
    • April 13, 2017

    A Seesaw for Sisi in Washington

    The Egyptian president’s recent visit to the United States was hardly a cakewalk.

  • 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.


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

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