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Nabil Fahmy

Former Foreign Minister of Egypt and Dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo

Nabil Fahmy is the founding dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at The American University in Cairo (AUC), where he is also a Distinguished University Professor of Practice in International Diplomacy. Fahmy served as foreign minister of Egypt from July 2013 to June 2014. During his tenure as minister, Fahmy formulated a strategy to reorient Egypt’s foreign policy, ensuring that Egypt had numerous foreign policy options, both regionally and globally. He also restructured the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to address the future challenges confronting Egypt’s foreign policy. During his distinguished diplomatic career, Fahmy served as Egypt’s ambassador to Japan from 1997 to 1999 and the United States from 1999 to 2008, as well as in numerous government and international positions, focusing in his work was wide-ranging including global and regional security; disarmament and non-proliferation; and Arab-Israeli diplomacy.

He was a member of the Egyptian delegation to many international conferences and boards including the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference; the Review Conferences of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons; the United Nations Conference on Promoting International Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy; United Nations Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters; International Atomic Energy Agency Board and General Conferences as well as numerous sessions of the United Nations General Assembly since 1977. He was elected vice-chairman of the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security Affairs) of the 44th Session of the General Assembly in 1989.

Following his return to Cairo in 2009, from Washington, Fahmy founded the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and led the school in several initiatives in the field of research and academia, leading its programs to be accredited internationally and nationally. The school is highly regarded in the region. He has also served as a non-resident chair of the Middle East Non-Proliferation Project at the James Martin Center for Non-Proliferation Strategies in Monterey, California, from 2009 to 2013, as well as on the Advisory Board of Hertie School of Governance Berlin, and the prestigious Beijing Forum. After his tenure as the minister of foreign affairs from 2013 to 2014, Fahmy resumed his position as dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at AUC.  In 2020 his book “Egypt’s Diplomacy in War , Peace and Transition” was released by Palgrave Macmillan. Fahmy writes prolifically in Arabic and English on Middle Eastern politics, International  Security and disarmament issues .

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