Geneive Abdo is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. She is also a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution and a lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.
Abdo is the author of four books, including the forthcoming in December 2016, "The New Sectarianism," to be published by Oxford University Press. She specializes in issues regarding political Islam. She published in April 2013 a monograph for Brookings, "The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi’a-Sunni Divide."
She has received many awards for her scholarship, including a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship. Abdo was formerly the liaison officer for the Alliance of Civilizations, a UN initiative established by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, which aims to improve relations between Islamic and Western societies.
Before joining the United Nations, Abdo was a foreign correspondent, where her 20-year career focused on coverage of the Middle East and the Muslim world. From 1998 to 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. Abdo is the author of "No God But God: Egypt and the Triumph of Islam" (Oxford University Press, 2000), a work that documents the social and political transformation of Egypt into an Islamic society.