Haizam Amirah Fernández

Senior Analyst
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Haizam Amirah-Fernández is Senior Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute and Associate Professor at the Instituto de Empresa (IE). BA from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and an MA in Arab Studies on a Fulbright scholarship from Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. He completed his studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

He has lectured at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Georgetown University, Saint Louis University, Universidad San Pablo-CEU, and the Universitat de Barcelona. He has also 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.

Research areas: international relations, political Islam, and transitions to democracy in the Arab world, where he has lived for over sixteen years.

Selected publications: author of numerous articles and chapters. He is also co-editor of reports like A moment to reflect: Creating Euro-Mediterranean bonds that deliver (Madrid: Elcano Royal Institute, CIDOB and Friedrich Naumann Foundation, 2021); co-author of reports like NATO and the south: A tale of three futures (Madrid: Elcano Royal Institute, 2021); and co-editor of books like North Africa: Politics, Region, and the Limits of Transformation (London and New York: Routledge, 2008).


  • A new strategic environment: NATO and MENA (2022)
  • VII Congress Córdoba ciudad de encuentro y diálogo "The Mediterranean to come: Geopolitics, transitions and conflicts" (2022)
  • First Elcano Royal Institute - Chatham House Seminar (2022)

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