Ashraf Swelam

Ashraf Swelam

Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa

Ashraf Swelam is the Director of the Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa. Before joining the Center in 2013, Ashraf served as Lead Counsel to the Constitutional Committee that drafted the new Egyptian Constitution. On leave from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (EMFA) from 2008-2013, Ashraf was a Senior Policy Advisor to one of the leading presidential candidates (2011-12). He was also the editor and lead author of the candidate’s presidential platform. In addition, he has held senior leadership positions with key business NGOs in Egypt, including Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (2012) and Director General of Egypt’s International Economic Forum (2009-11). Ashraf’s early assignments at EMFA focused on international political and economic officer at the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C. (2000-2004); and serving in the Economic and International Cooperation departments at the Ministry. Ashraf holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Cairo University and an LLM in International Economic Law from Warwick University (1999). In addition, he is a Yale World Fellow (2007) and a Munich Young Leader (2012). Ashraf is a visiting lecturer of Foreign Policy at the American University of Cairo (AUC). He also writes op-eds for Egyptian and international journals and newspapers, most notably the Financial Times (UK), Global Policy Journal (UK), the Yale Journal for International Affairs (USA), Die Zeit (Germany), and Suddeutsche Zeitung (Germany).  


Why restoring the old paradigm in Egypt is not enough. Financial Times, May 15, 2013
From the Potomac to the Euphrates, Guest Blogger entry for the Council on Foreign Relations Blog of Stephen A. Cook, March 5, 2013
Ägypten ist wieder am Nullpunkt, Die Zeit, June 26, 2012
Auf dem Weg zu einer neuen arabischen Identität?, Korber Foundation Forum, June 12, 2012
Egypt begins countdown to presidential election, The National, March 11, 2012
Zauberformel der Revolution (The Magical Formula of the Revolution - English Version), Süddeutsche Zeitung, Feburary 2, 2012
Another blow: Egypt’s economy pays the price of continued political instability, Al-Ahram Weekly Online, October 2011
Is the military council leading Egypt toward an economic crisis? Almasry Alyoun, October 3, 2011
Egypt’s referendum: Why “No” lost and what to do next, Ahram Online, March 26, 2011
Observations about the inevitable price of freedom, Ahram Online, March 14, 2011
Egypt’s economy: A clean break with the past, Ahram Online, March 8, 2011
Tip of the iceberg, Al-Ahram Weekly Online, 23-29 September 2010, Issue No. 1016
Gaza: A View from Cairo, The Star (Malaysia), January 11, 2009.


The Egyptian Economy Post Morsi”  on The Voice of Russia, July 11, 2013.
Yale World Fellows Netcast:  Yale World Fellow on US-Middle East Relationships, October 29, 2007.  Click here for Netcast
“European Response to Developments in Egypt”
on The Voice of Russia, September 12, 2013.


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