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Author of Popular Culture In The Arab World

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Andrew joined ECFR's Middle East and North Africa Programme as a policy fellow in October 2013. His research covers Islamist movements, human rights issues, Arab media, and cultural affairs in Egypt and the Gulf.

Andrew previously worked as a journalist with BBC Arabic radio, was a founding member of the Cairo Times news magazine, and worked as a correspondent for ten years with Reuters, where he was bureau chief in Riyadh from 2006-2009. He has covered the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen, and Morocco and reported from Iraq before and after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

Andrew has authored three books: Popular Culture in the Arab World (2004), What the Arabs Think of America (2007), and The Islamic Utopia: The Illusion of Reform in Saudi Arabia (2012). He also authored “Liberal enclaves: A royal attempt to bypass clerical power”, in the Middle East Institute’s The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 1979-2009: Evolution of a Pivotal State (2009), and a chapter on Saudi Arabia's pan-Arab media policies in Kingdom Without Borders, Madawi al-Rasheed (ed.) (2008).

Andrew has a BA in Arabic and Islamic History from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He blogs at hammonda.net.

Areas of expertise: Islamist movements, human rights issues, Arab media, and cultural affairs in Egypt and the Gulf

Languages: Arabic, Farsi, French, English

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