Amr Hamzawy
Director, Middle East Program


Amr Hamzawy is a senior fellow and the director of the Carnegie Middle East Program. His research and writings focus on governance in the Middle East and North Africa, social vulnerability, and the different roles of governments and civil societies in the region. He was previously an associate professor of political science at Cairo University and a professor of public policy at the American University in Cairo.

His research and teaching interests as well as his academic publications focus on democratization processes in Egypt, tensions between freedom and repression in the Egyptian public space, political movements and civil society in Egypt, contemporary debates in Arab political thought, and human rights and governance in the Arab world. His new book On The Habits of Neoauthoritarianism – Politics in Egypt Between 2013 and 2019 appeared in Arabic in September 2019.

Hamzawy is a former member of the People’s Assembly after being elected in the first Parliamentary elections in Egypt after the January 25, 2011 revolution. He is also a former member of the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights. Hamzawy contributes a weekly op-ed to the Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi.

Ph.D, Free University of Berlin; M.A. Institute of Social Studies, The Hague; M.A., University of Amsterdam; B.Sc., Cairo University
Arabic, English, German

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Climate Change in the Middle East and North Africa: Mitigating Vulnerabilities and Designing Effective Policies

Conclusions from a Carnegie series on climate-related vulnerability, socioeconomic impacts, and governance challenges.

· June 20, 2024
Governing Gaza After the War
February 29, 2024

What will be the fate of Gazans, who will govern them, and how? What role do regional and global powers play? How can the international community take steps toward a more peaceful future for all involved? Join our panel of experts on different perspectives towards governing Gaza.

Carnegie’s Compendium on Gaza: An Explanatory Introduction

In a series of texts, several experts have addressed the many dimensions of the current war, at the Israeli, Palestinian, regional, and international levels.

Governing Gaza After the War: The Regional Perspectives

In the third of this four-part series, experts analyze critical issues on what happens after the fighting abates, from regional points of view.

· February 16, 2024
In The Media
in the media
Approaching Reform Paths in Egypt

A description of the author's participation in the National Dialogue, a process of reform characterised by collaboration between state institutions, civil society, and the private sector in Egypt

· January 16, 2024
Al-Ahram Weekly
Europe in the New Middle East

Pierre Vimont and Amr Hamzawy take stock of Europe’s response to the Israel-Hamas war and provide insights into how Brussels should navigate evolving geopolitical challenges in the Middle East.

· December 13, 2023
The Political Impact of the Israel-Hamas Ceasefire

Another truce may not be imminent, but some short- and long-term effects—and the players who helped push them forward—are noteworthy.

· December 6, 2023
Arab Peace Initiative II: How Arab Leadership Could Design a Peace Plan in Israel and Palestine

Past peace processes in Israel and Palestine showed what makes negotiations work. This time, Arab governments are uniquely positioned to broker a lasting peace.

· November 17, 2023
Pay Attention to the Arab Public Response to the Israel-Hamas War

The peaceful nature of the mass mobilization reflects a growing trend to renounce violence.

· November 1, 2023
Climate Change in Egypt: Opportunities and Obstacles

Much of Egypt’s population is already suffering from the effects of climate change, and many more are at risk. If the country continues the mitigations it has started, it can still help to protect them.