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Anthony Dworkin

Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: English, conversational French
Areas of Expertise: Human rights, democracy, justice, North Africa (especially Egypt and Tunisia), war crimes, drones and counterterrorism, US foreign policy

Anthony Dworkin is a senior policy fellow at ECFR, where he leads the organisation’s work in the area of human rights, democracy, and justice.

Among other subjects, he has conducted research and written on European and US frameworks for counterterrorism, on the European Union’s human rights strategy, and on the pursuit of justice in the international response to mass atrocities. Since 2011, he has also followed political developments in North Africa after the Arab uprisings, with a particular focus on Egypt and Tunisia.

Before joining ECFR in 2008, Anthony was executive director of the Crimes of War Project, an NGO that worked to raise public and media awareness of the laws governing armed conflict. He co-edited the book Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know (2nd ed., 2007) and wrote extensively for the project’s website about war crimes and contemporary conflict, as well as conducting training sessions on the laws of war and international justice in several countries.

He has written and spoken widely about many questions relating to human rights, democracy, and justice. He is a contributing editor for the British magazine Prospect and has written for several other publications, including the Financial TimesThe Guardian, the International Herald Tribune, the Washington PostEl País, the New Statesman, the Times Literary SupplementForeign Policy, and World Politics Review. He has been a member of the Terrorism/Counterterrorism Advisory Committee and the London Advocacy Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch. He has also worked as a producer and reporter for BBC Current Affairs.

Latest from Anthony Dworkin

  • Cover: The End of the World #5: Interview with Mary Kaldor

    The End of the World #5: Interview with Mary Kaldor

    In episode 5 Mark is joined by ECFR's Anthony Dworkin and Professor Mary Kaldor, who is Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics, to talk about new wars and foreign interventions.

    According to Mary, it is no longer a question of whether or not to intervene in foreign conflicts but how to do so. She upholds that the only way to end new wars is to negotiate political solutions that involve local movements and civil society.

    Christine Chinkin & Mary Kaldor, International Law and New Wars
    Stephen Neff, War and the Law of Nations

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    ECFR Discussion: Yemen in Crisis: Meeting Civilian Needs in a Shifting Landscape

    Mwatana Organisation for Human Rights Chairperson Radhya Al-Mutawakel provides a view from the ground on the latest developments in Yemen, the current human rights and humanitarian issues the country is facing and the challenges experienced by independent human rights researchers. 
    She is joined by the award-winning journalist and filmmaker Safa Al-Ahmad, who discusses the politics of the conflict and the potential impact of shifting regional politics. 
    Chaired by Anthony Dworkin, ECFR Senior Policy Fellow

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    Europe’s war on terror

    Anthony Dworkin - 23 June 2017

    It is time to look closely at Europe’s evolving counter-terror activity

    Cover: Egypt on the edge: how Europe can avoid another crisis in Egypt

    Egypt on the edge: how Europe can avoid another crisis in Egypt

    by Yasser El-Shimy & Anthony Dworkin - 14th June, 2017

    The EU should do away with its narrow approach of working with Egypt only on areas of mutual interest.


    The Rise of Jihad in the West: a discussion with Gilles Kepel

    In this special episode, author and terrorism expert Professor Gilles Kepel talks with ECFR's Anthony Dworkin about the factors that gave rise to the network-based 3rd generation Jihad, that has Europe as its main target.

    The podcast was recorded on 25th May 2017.

    Gilles Kepel, Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West
    Rory Stewart, The Marches

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    ECFR Discussion: US Foreign Policy and the Trump Administration

    With Kurt Volker, Executive Director, McCain Institute
    Chaired by Anthony Dworkin, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR

    President Donald Trump has been in office for more than 100 days, but his foreign policy is still giving rise to more questions than answers. The President has made a policy U-turn in several areas (such as Syria or Russia) but stuck to his pre-election rhetoric in other areas (such as trade). What is his strategy, what are his tactics? Which other policy changes might be in the pipeline? And what does this mean for Europe?

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    Open letter to Chancellor Merkel (Commentary)

    European Working Group on Egypt - 01 March 2017

    Uncritical engagement with Egypt will not promote European interests, says EWGE ahead of Chancellor Merkel's visit to Cairo.

    The New European Counter-Terror Wars

    With Michael Clarke, former Director-General of RUSI
    & Anthony Dworkin, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR
    Chaired by Ulrike Esther Franke, Researcher, ECFR

    The event follows the publication of the recent ECFR policy brief by Anthony Dworkin, “Europe’s new counter-terror wars”. The discussion considers the European shift towards military counter-terrorism, the strategic and legal questions raised by such action, and the likely future of European-US cooperation in military operations against terrorist groups under the new US administration.

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