H.A. Hellyer
H.A. Hellyer

Dr H.A. Hellyer is Senior nonresident Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council in DC, and Associate Fellow in International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London. Before joining the Council, he was appointed nonresident Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in DC, and Research Associate at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. During his tenure at the University of Warwick (UK) as Fellow & then Senior Research Fellow, Dr Hellyer was appointed as Deputy Convenor of the UK Government's Taskforce for the 2005 London bombings, and served as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's (FCO) first ESRC Fellow as part of the "Islam & Counter-Terrorism" teams with FCO security clearance, as a non-civil servant. A British analyst, author and commentator on Arab affairs, Muslim-Western communities, Islamism, and European security policies, Dr Hellyer previously served as the first Arab world-based Senior Practice Consultant at the Gallup Organization, where he analyzed public opinion data in a variety of countries in the Arab world and the West. Some of his more recent publications include "Muslims of Europe: the Other Europeans" for Edinburgh University Press, "Engagement with the Muslim Community and Counter-Terrorism: British Lessons for the West" for the Brookings Institution Press, and "The Chance for Change in the Arab World: Egypt¹s Uprising" for Chatham House's Journal of International Affairs. His next book, which will be on the aftermath of the Egyptian revolutionary uprising of 2011, is due to be published in 2016.

Arab dictators can no longer monopolize resistance

“Last night's Israeli attack against an Assad regime research facility in Damascus has brought out of the woodwork all sorts of individuals who, silent in the face of the massacre in the coastal...

Egypt’s sweltering summer ahead

It will be tricky in Egypt this summer – but one wonders if the government realizes that, let alone will do what it is needed to get the country through it without problems. The country is...

What if he had become Egypt’s President Shafiq?

It was very close. The threat of armed violence on the streets of Cairo, particularly from supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) presidential candidate, Mohammed Mursi, was on...

Arresting Bassem Youssef: no benefit for Mursi’s government

Early Saturday morning (30th March), I received word that Bassem Youssef, the Arab world’s ‘Jon Stewart’, had been issued an arrest warrant and compulsory summons by the...

Social media, religion in the new Arab world

Religion. It is not the paradigm through which people ought to explain everything about the Arab world. Yet, the reality is, religion is an important influence upon the cultures of this region....

No Fear: Mursi’s rule of law

Why should I respect the judges? My own president doesn’t. [Protestor, Port Said] As though anyone needed another reminder. As though anyone had not quite received the message when prisons were...

Press explosion in Egypt brewing trouble?

Since President Mohammed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, was elected last summer, there have been increasing concerns around the freedom of the press within Egypt. Those concerns suddenly...

Christmas confusion as Copts experience other Egypt

Yesterday was a rather confusing day for many Western observers of the Arab world, particularly Egypt. Many in Europe and North America had taken an extended holiday, considering the proximity to...