Geneive Abdo

Fellow
  • Middle East/Southwest Asia

Geneive Abdo is a fellow in Stimson's Middle East program as well as a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution. She specializes in issues regarding modern Iran and political Islam. She directs the U.S.-Iran Advisory Group, a program on Iran, in conjunction with Heinrich Boell Stiftung, North America. She is also the author of the recently published monograph, "The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi'a- Sunni Divide," published in April 2013 by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.

She was formerly the liaison officer for the Alliance of Civilizations, a United Nations initiative established by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, which aims to improve relations between Islamic and Western societies.

Before joining the U. N., Abdo was a foreign correspondent. Her 20-year career focused on coverage of the Middle East and the Muslim world. From 1998-2001, Abdo was the Iran correspondent for the British newspaper the Guardian and a regular contributor to The Economist and the International Herald Tribune. She was the first American journalist to be based in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and was forced to flee the country, after the regime threatened her with prosecution for her articles over the course of three years.

Abdo is the author of three books, including, "No God But God: Egypt and the Triumph of Islam" (Oxford University Press, 2000).

From 2001-2002, Abdo was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. That year, she also received the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim award.

Abdo is regularly sought by the media to comment on Islam and the Middle East.

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