Amirah-Fernández, Haizam

M.A. in Arab Studies (Political Science), School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (US). BA from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (ES).

Professor Amirah-Fernández is Senior Analyst in the Mediterranean and Arab World Program at the Real Instituto Elcano, a think tank based in Madrid. He specializes in international relations, political Islam, and transitions to democracy in the Arab world, where he has lived for over sixteen years. He has lectured at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Georgetown University, Saint Louis University, Universidad CEU-San Pablo, and the Universitat de Barcelona. He has published numerous articles and is co-editor of the books North Africa: Politics, Region, and the Limits of Transformation (London and New York: Routledge, 2008); and The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership: Assessing the First Decade (Madrid: Real Instituto Elcano and FRIDE, 2005). He has recently translated into Spanish the book by the Egyptian writer Alaa Al Aswany, titled Egipto: Las claves de una revolución inevitable (Madrid: Galaxia Gutenberg, 2011).

He has worked for the United Nations in New York and for Human Rights Watch in Washington DC. He is a frequent commentator in the Spanish and international media. Professor Amirah-Fernández speaks Spanish, Arabic, English, and French.

The role of religion in the Middle East