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Nabil Fahmy

Ambassador Nabil Fahmy is the founding Dean of the School of Public Affairs at the American University in Cairo. He is also the Chair of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies’ Middle East Project. As of September 1, 2008 he has been Ambassador at Large at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry. He served as Ambassador of Egypt to the United States from 1999-2008. He also served as Egypt’s Ambassador to Japan from September 1997-September 1999 and before that as the Political Advisor to Egypt's Foreign Minister from 1992-97. Dr. Fahmy has held numerous posts in the Egyptian Government since 1974.

Ambassador Nabil Fahmy is a career diplomat, who has played an active role in the numerous efforts to bring peace to the Middle East, as well as in international and regional disarmament affairs. He headed the Egyptian delegation to the Middle East Peace Process Steering Committee in 1993 and the Egyptian delegation to the Multilateral Working Group on Regional Security and Arms Control emanating from the Madrid Peace Conference from December 1991. Over the years, Ambassador Fahmy has been a member of the Egyptian Missions to the United Nations (Disarmament and Political Affairs) in Geneva and New York. He was elected Vice Chairman of the First Committee on Disarmament and International Security Affairs of the 44th Session of the UN General Assembly in 1986. From 1999 until 2003, he was also a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board of Disarmament Matters, and he served as the board chairman in 2001.

Ambassador Fahmy received his bachelor of science degree in Physics/Mathematics and his master of arts in management, both from the American University in Cairo. He also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Monterey Institute of International Studies which is an affiliate of Middlebury College in May 2009.

Research Interests

Nuclear disarmament and non proliferation; Middle East conflict resolution


Ambassador Fahmy has written extensively on Middle East politics, peacemaking and regional security and disarmament. From his recent publications:

•    A Clear Path Forward for the UN on Nuclear Disarmament, Huffington Post, September 22, 2009.
•    An Egyptian Contribution to the ongoing discussion around Nuclear Disarmament, Al Shorouk Newspaper, September 4th, 2009.
•    The Middle East Nuclear Paradigm and Prospects, International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, Regional Meeting, Cairo, 29-30 September 2009.
•    Lessons from the ACRS Experience, Arab Institute for Security Studies, Amman Conference, June 22-24, 2009.
•    The Egyptian President in Washington: An Opportunity, a Risk, and a Challenge, Al Mussawar No. 4427, August 12, 2009.
•    Status and Prospects for a MENWFZ, Monetery, CA, July 29, 2009.
•    How the Non-Alignment Movement Regains its Glory?, Al Ahram, July 18, 2009.
•    Initiative for Youth, Al Ahram Al Iktissadi, June 15, 2009.
•    And what After Obama Left Cairo?!, Al Musawwer Magazine, June 10, 2009.
•    Call for Democratization of Industrial Countries Grouping (g8), Al Ahram Al Iktissadi, June 6, 2009.
•    The New President’s Message to Americans and the World (1 of 2), Al-Shurouk newspaper, May 1, 2009.
•    The New President’s Message to Americans and the World (2 of 2), Al-Shurouk newspaper, May 2, 2009.
•    Obamamania or Obamaphobia?, Al-Ahram Weekly issue no. 928, 1-6 January 2009.
•    Why go nuclear?, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, September 2008.
•    A More Plural Egypt, The Washington Times, March 26, 2007.
•    An Assessment of International Nuclear Non-Proliferation Efforts After Sixty Years, The Nonproliferation Review, Vol. 13:1 March 2006, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies.
•    Egypt's Unwavering Path to Democratic Reform, The Mediterranean Quarterly, 2006, Duke University Press.
•    Terrorism is the World's Problem. Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law, Vol. 16:157, 2006.
•    The Global Challenges in the Middle East Region; An Egyptian Perspective, The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Vol. 28:1 Winter/Spring 2004, The Fletcher School, Tufts University.
•    The Changing Paradigm of the Middle East ” Mediterranean Quarterly”, a Journal  of Global Issues,  “. Vol 15 – No. 2 – Spring 2006
•    Perspectives on Terrorism from Asia, the United States, and the Middle East,The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Vol. 28:1, Winter 2004, The Fletcher School, Tufts University.
•    America's Next President and the Mideast Conflict, Chicago Tribune, October 7, 2004.
•     Prospects for Arms Control and Proliferation in the Middle East, The Nonproliferation Review, Summer 2001, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies.
•    Peace is Still Possible in the Middle East, The New York Times, December 10, 2000.
•    Egypt’s Role, The Middle East Insight, September/October 2000.
•    Nuclear Proliferation: Is the Middle East Next? Asia-Pacific Review, Vol. 5, No. 3 Fall/Winter 1998, Institute for International Policy Studies.
•    Reflections on the Arms Control and regional Security Process in the Middle East, New Horizons and New Strategies in Arms Control, Sandia National Laboratories, 1998.
•    Arms Control, Proposals on Regional Cooperation, Regional Security and Control in the Middle East, El Siassa El Dawlia, Vol. 115, January 1994, Institute for Strategic Studies Al-Ahram, Egypt.
•    A Non Aligned Perspective on the Draft Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Disarmament and US Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C. 1992.
•   Regional Security in the Middle East, 1992, and the New Trends in
International Security, the Role of International Organizations, two
Contributions to publications of the Nasser Military Academy, Cairo.
•   Controlling Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East, Arab-American Affairs, Winter 1990 – 1991, American – Arab Affairs Council.
•    Obey the UN Charter, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Vol. 47, No. 5, June 1991.
•    Problems and Prospects for Chemical/Biological Arms Control, Mosher Institute Symposium Series, Arms Control. Problems and Prospects 1990. Mosher Institute for Defense Studies. Texas A and M University, 1990.
•   Future Security Perspectives on Chemical Weapons in the Middle East,
El Siassa El Dawlia, Vol. 102, October 1990, Institute for Strategic Studies, Al Ahram, Egypt.
•    Egypt’s Disarmament Initiative, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Vol. 46, No. 9, November 1990.