More about Adel Abdel Ghafar

Foreign Policy Fellow at Brookings Institute

Adel Abdel Ghafar is a fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings and at the Brookings Doha Center, where he was previously Acting Director of Research (2016-2017). He specializes in political economy and his research interests include state-society relations and socio-economic development in the MENA region.

Abdel Ghafar is the author and editor of several volumes and reports including: Egyptians in Revolt: The Political Economy of Labor and Student Mobilizations 1919-2011 (Routledge, 2017), A Stable Egypt for a Stable Region (European Parliament, 2018),  The European Union and North Africa: Prospects and Challenges (Brookings Institution Press, 2019) and “The Middle East: Revolution or Reform?” (Melbourne University Press, 2014).  Just recent he is one of the authors of “Empowered decentralization: A city-based strategy for rebuilding Libya” 2019 

Abdel Ghafar has prepared studies and consulted for various international and intergovernmental organizations and government agencies including the European Union, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development (DFID), and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has a background in international banking and finance and has worked for a number of financial institutions including HSBC and Citigroup. Abdel Ghafar holds a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the Australian National University.