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H.A. Hellyer
Dr H.A. Hellyer is a nonresident fellow with the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at Brookings. Formerly the first Middle Eastern-based Senior Practice Consultant at Gallup, Dr Hellyer was previously Ford Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick. A UN Global Expert in his subject areas, including Arab politics, pluralism, religion and security issues in the West and the Arab world, Dr Hellyer was appointed as Deputy Convenor of the UK Government’s Taskforce on ‘Tackling Radicalisation and Extremism’ after the London bombings in 2005. He also served as the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) first Economic and Social Research Council Fellow as part of the ‘Islam Team’ and then the ‘Counter-Terrorism Team’ as a Warwick University academic with FCO security clearance.

Dr Hellyer’s expertise in Arab politics, contemporary Islamist political movements, and security issues has been called upon by different governmental and non-governmental actors including the UK House of Commons, the US Department of Homeland Security, the US State Department, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He has authored several books and monographs, and has contributed more than 25 book chapters and journal articles to various presses. 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: Egypt’s Uprising” for Chatham House’s Journal of International Affairs. An organic intellectual in both the Arab world and the West, Dr Hellyer’s academic career, where he continues to look at political philosophy, and the interaction between tradition and modernity, has included affiliations at the American University in Cairo, the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies of the University of Oxford. He was also appointed as visiting professor at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, upon the recommendation of its chancellor, Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah.

To professionalise political advisory, commercial research and media services on the Muslim world/MENA – West relations, Dr Hellyer founded the VC Group as a research consortium for consultants in North America, Europe, the MENA region and Southeast Asia; its subject matter expertise is widely utilised by thought leaders in media, business and other sectors. As part of his consultancy work, Dr Hellyer has been appointed in a variety of capacities looking at Arab-West relations, including as Senior Academic Advisor for Soliya, the UN Alliance of Civilisations implementation organization, and as Director of Strategic Partnerships for the ‘American in Arabic’ television series hosted by the ‘Arab Jon Stewart’, Bassem Youssef.

He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (UK, Bahrain, USA, & Singapore), the British Society of Middle East Studies, Fellow of the Young Foundation (UK), and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (USA). He has authored several hundred op-eds and media submissions for publications such as the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, the National (Abu Dhabi) and the Egypt Independent (Cairo), he is regularly interviewed by the press and hosted on TV programs such as the BBC Doha Debates. A British resident of Cairo, he works between London, Washington DC and Abu Dhabi.

Entries by H.A. Hellyer

My Friend, Bassem Sabry: One of the Good People

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 10:10 PM

"Why is it that all the good people die in this country?" (Bassem Sabry, 24th of March, 2013)

I saw a couple of friends recently -- both of them had been reasons I loved the 'City Victorious', but who had lately moved away from Cairo. We hadn't met...

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Egypt's Five Binary Myths and the Maverick Middle

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 6:16 PM

In Egypt today, those who reject the choice of 'the army or the Brotherhood' are marginalized at best, and threatened at worst. There are still a few venues where these individuals and groups, often referred to the 'maverick middle' can speak -- Mada Masr, Tahrir Squared, Shorouk, and Ahram Online,...

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Critiquing Morsi's Egypt

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 4:56 AM

Since he took office in June, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has received criticism domestically and internationally.

For some critics, the fact that Morsi was the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, regardless of what policies he did or did not employ, would make his presidency untenable. Does that kind of prejudice...

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The Irony of Egypt's Crisis of Leadership

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 1:18 PM

There is an abundance of irony in the current Egyptian situation. The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) leadership is convinced that there are huge forces within Egypt that wishes to wipe it out. Yet, with the actions of the past couple of weeks, the MB has managed to increase the popularity of...

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Meet Egypt's Mr. Morsi: A President Without Checks and Balances

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 4:27 PM

In the last couple of days, Egypt has seen the birth of a new kind of regime. With President Mohammed Morsi's latest decree, there is a new constitutional reality, and near-absolute powers have just been placed at the disposal of the Egyptian president. The question is: will Egyptians benefit from...

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Tahrir Squared: Egypt, Israel and Gaza

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 2:34 PM

In a private briefing earlier this year, a senior Israeli policy maker was asked about the effect the Arab uprisings might have on the Arab-Israeli conflict in the long term. Staunchly part of the Israeli left, he responded: 'I do not believe that there is any reason to expect that...

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British Muslims Split Along Sectarian Lines Over Arab Uprisings

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 9:23 AM

For more than a decade I have been studying the community dynamics of Muslim Britons. Their views on the Arab uprisings are intriguing: sectarian fears, disappointments, scepticism, hope and ethnic concerns are all there.

Muslim British community activists have not ignored the Arab uprisings. They could not have. The Arab...

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Egyptian Religion: A New Chapter?

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 12:17 PM

Egypt has just seen its first Ramadan with an elected, civilian president. Political events aside (and there have been many, quite important ones at that), its been an interesting month to see the way that religion has interacted with the public sphere. In several ways, religion has been evident in...

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And Egypt's President Is...

(4) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 2:45 PM

Egypt's uncertain transition has taken yet another unpredictable turn. On the 12th of August, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has retired Field Marshal Mohammed Tantawi from his position as Defence Minister, as well as his deputy, the armed forces Chief of Staff, Sami Anan. At the same time as dismissing Tantawi...

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America in Arabic or Just Another Day in Egyptian Irony

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 1:38 PM

"We're going to have some great material."

-- Bassem Youssef, Egyptian political satirist after hearing the results of the first round of the 2012 Egyptian presidential election.

I knew June was going to be a rather dull time in Egypt. In the same way I knew that taking a research...

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Beyond Tahrir: Public Opinion Post January 25

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 10:05 AM

Egyptian public opinion finally counts for something. But it's being sorely underestimated by the activists who came from Tahrir. Therein lies a great challenge as Egypt strives to move forward.

The lessons were there from almost day one. The no-vote in the constitutional referendum a year ago was the first...

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The Muslim Brotherhood Is Dead: Long Live the Freedom and Justice Party

(4) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 8:42 AM

The Muslim Brotherhood (MB), until after the Egyptian revolution began in 2011, was a civil society movement. It wasn't founded as a militant movement, for martial resistance, nor was it founded as a political movement in order to take power. It was founded out of a civil impulse to reform...

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The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: Power Is a Double-edged Sword

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 11:37 AM

It's been an interesting month in Egypt -- and many are ringing alarm bells about the apparent conversion of Egypt into a theocracy. But the reality may be different -- and we may be heralding the end of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) as a political force completely.

I'm writing...

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Pluralism in Europe: Not to Be Taken for Granted

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 1:13 PM

In the decade I spent at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick, I explored the story of pluralism in Europe. It has, historically, been less than positive. Centuries ago, the continent was engaged in religious warfare between different adherents to the mantle of Christianity....

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Public Opinion, Political Strategies and the New Egypt

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 5:33 PM

Cairo - There's a new Egypt now -- an Egypt where public opinion actually matters. The country has gone through a tumultuous seven months, and Ramadan provides something of a break from politics, as Muslim communities engage in a month of fasting and spiritual contemplation.

But parliamentary elections are...

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Britain's New Counter-Terrorism Policy and Its Drawbacks

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 4:27 PM

It was argued by a number of commentators that there were two issues that the Prime Minister (David Cameron of the Conservative Party) and the Deputy Prime Minister (Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats) had to agree to disagree on in their coalition government in the UK. The first was...

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Religious Authority, Islam and Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2011 | 11:16 AM

Academia is a good analogy to keep in mind for discussing religious authority in Islam because it is sometimes scholars who operate solely in academic institutions that have just as much (if not more) authority than those scholars who are appointed to religious authority positions within the state. Top scholars...

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Sermons of the Revolution: Religious Emotions at the Tahrir Square Mosque

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2011 | 2:21 PM

The Egyptian Revolution Does Not Request, It Demands.

That was one of the public statements of the imam at the Omar Makram mosque in Cairo. That mosque did not use to be so well known -- there are many older, larger, even more beautifully designed mosques all over Cairo...

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