H. A. Hellyer

Nonresident Scholar
Middle East Program
Dr. H.A. Hellyer, FRSA, is a fellow at Cambridge University, a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, and a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His research focuses on international relations, security, and belief in the Middle East, the West, and Southeast Asia.


BA (Hons) in Law, University of Sheffield
MA (Hons) in International Political Economy, University of Sheffield
PhD, University of Warwick


Arabic; English; French


Dr. H.A. Hellyer, FRSA, is a fellow at Cambridge University, a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, and a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. A prominent public intellectual of English and mixed Arab heritage raised on three continents, he has been clarifying the geopolitics of the Middle East, the West, and Southeast Asia to publics and governments globally for more than two decades. In 2020, he was elected to be a fellow of the UK’s Royal Society of Arts in recognition of his scholarship and analysis in international relations, security, and belief.

Dr. Hellyer was appointed deputy convener of the UK government’s Taskforce on Tackling Extremism after the 2005 London bombing and the UK Foreign Office’s first Economic and Social Research Council fellow. He has held positions at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, the American University in Cairo, and the University of Technology in Malaysia as part of his dedication to public engagement in the Middle East and North Africa, the West, and Southeast Asia. As part of his portfolio, he co-steers the European Commission project on “Radicalisation, Secularism and the Governance of Religion,” which brings together European, North African, and Asian perspectives with a consortium of twelve universities and think tanks. A research entrepreneur, he also founded the VC Group for research consultancy and previously served as the first senior practice consultant based in the Arab world at Gallup.

His books and reports include A Revolution Undone: Egypt’s Road Beyond Revolt for Oxford University Press and Hurst and Company, 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, and A Sublime Path: The Sufi Way of the Sages of Makka for Fons Vitae. Having worked in North Africa, the Arabian Gulf, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, Europe, and the United States, Dr. Hellyer writes analysis that has been regularly featured in leading outlets such as the Washington Post, CNN, the BBC, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, the Guardian, Politico, the Financial Times, New Straits Times, and Daily News Egypt.

  • Op-Ed The National January 3, 2022
    Amr Diab And The Citroen Ad: Stop Normalising Sexual Harassment

    Closer home for this video, in Diab’s own native Egypt, a UN study in 2013 found that nearly all women in Egypt reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment in their lifetime.

  • Op-Ed The National December 16, 2021
    Omicron Exposes An Interconnected, But Unreliable, 'Global Village'

    In any village in any traditional society, it is unthinkable that one household dying from disease would be left to sort it out on their own, while the rest of the village went about its business, or the rest of the house battened down its doors and windows.

  • Op-Ed New Lines Magazine October 18, 2021
    In a Corner of South Africa, Muslim Tradition Has Outlasted Slavery and Apartheid

    The legacy of the Hendricks family is illustrative of how Islam manifests in such an indigenous, and completely orthodox, fashion, in a Muslim minority community that has been beset by so many challenges.

  • Op-Ed The National September 29, 2021
    Public Platforms Must Not Give Space to Conspiracy Theories

    Perhaps in 2021, Mr Gaetz is the only congressman proclaiming this white supremacist theory. But it could be only a matter of time before more people not only uphold this notion, but start publicly supporting even more outlandish theories and arguing for their legitimacy. If we want our public discourses to bear a semblance of truth, we have to take this trend seriously.

  • Op-Ed ABC September 10, 2021
    The Modern Obsession with Security Didn’t Begin After 9/11

    If the problem is more fundamental, and stems from the very constitution of the modern nation-state and its disregard for the integrity of robust civil society groups, rooted in a proper sense of the importance of individual and community, that’s a harder problem to solve. Maybe that’s why we ignore it—but we do so at our peril.

  • Op-Ed The National September 10, 2021
    The Day that Reshaped Two Decades of Academia

    If anything, the trend seems to be more, not less, securitisation of communities within the US and elsewhere; and a continual dehumanisation of peoples in parts of the world that bear the impact, day in and day out, of the "war on terror". In many ways, I am forced to ask: isn’t what the terrorists wanted us to do?

  • Op-Ed The Globe and Mail August 27, 2021
    The Discourse Around Afghanistan Shows How Little the West Understands Islam

    So many of today’s public discussions about Islam and Muslims are through the lens of security, and that has led to an absence of nuance and understanding around engaging domestically with our own Muslim communities of the West.

  • Op-Ed Politico August 27, 2021
    After Afghanistan, Let’s Not Be Misty-eyed About the West’s Rules-based Order

    One of the great myths of the latter half of the 20th century is that humanity had in some way “succeeded” in building a “liberal international order,” underpinned by deep commitments from the most powerful Western nations on the one hand and acquiescence by non-liberal states on the other.

  • Op-Ed ABC Australia August 25, 2021
    The Taliban Talks a Lot About Sharī‘a—But How Much Does That Really Tell Us About How They Will Govern?

    There are external, structural, and international considerations that need to be kept firmly in view when looking at Afghanistan. To put it bluntly: ideology is going to have to take a backseat if the Taliban government is to survive.

  • Residents pass an Afghan flag flying on a hill top in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.
    August 18, 2021 Русский
    Afghanistan Under the Taliban

    Experts from throughout Carnegie’s global network assess the stark humanitarian toll, the regional ramifications, and the diplomatic challenges posed by the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

  • Ultimate Political Authority: The Struggle for Power in 21st Century Egypt
    December 3, 2021 Live Online
    Ultimate Political Authority: The Struggle for Power in 21st Century Egypt

    Please join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Middle East program for a public discussion marking the launch of two new books, "Bread and Freedom" and "Lumbering State, Restless Society."

  • Lessons from Afar: Anti-Apartheid, the Arab Spring, and the Path Forward
    December 9, 2020 Live Online
    Lessons from Afar: Anti-Apartheid, the Arab Spring, and the Path Forward

    What lessons can we draw from South Africa as the Middle East continues to seek stability? And as people across the world confront rising authoritarianism, how can these important moments in history be guiding lights for lasting change?

  • Virtual Event: Muslim Religious Authorities Confront COVID-19
    May 18, 2020 Live Online
    Muslim Religious Authorities Confront COVID-19

    COVID-19 creates specific challenges for Muslim religious authorities pertaining to assembly, practice, and policy. With public health measures affecting Muslim worshippers the most during the month of Ramadan, authorities must answer questions from individual citizens and political actors alike.

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