Dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and Professor of Practice
School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


Brief Biography

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 professor of practice.

Fahmy served as foreign minister of Egypt from July 2013 to June 2014. He steered the course of Egypt’s diplomacy during times of immense challenges. 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 in order 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 ambassador to the United States from 1999 to 2008, as well as in numerous government and international positions, focusing in his work on many areas including: international 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, after his post as ambassador in Washington, Fahmy founded the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and became engaged in several initiatives in the field of research and academia, and has 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. 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.

Nabil Fahmy was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2009.


Fahmy, N. (2016), “International Relations in 2017.” Al Ahram Newspaper, December 2, 2016.

Fahmy, N. (2016), “Absent Arab Diplomacy; Five Steps for Pursuing Active Political Moves and Achieving Arab stability.” Al Ahram Newspaper, March 22, 2016.

Fahmy, N. (2015), “The New Middle East, the Iranian nuclear agreement, and the Arabs.” Al Ahram, July 22, 2015.

Fahmy, N. (2015), “The Future of Egypt and Egyptian Foreign Policy.” Horizon Magazine. February 23, 2015.

Fahmy, N. (2014), “The Helsinki Process and the Middle East: The Viability of Cooperative Security Frameworks for a Region in Flux.” Regional Security Dialogue in The Middle East.

Fahmy, N. (2014), “Our Arab World: Between Progress and Ruin.” Al Sharq Al Awsat Newspaper, November 4, 2014.

Fahmy, N (2013), “Development and Climate Change.” Al Sharq Al Awssat, November 19, 2013.

Fahmy, N (2012), “The Arab Awakening and Regional Security”, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS).WMD Junction, 14 June, 2012.