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He completed his studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He specializes in international relations, political Islam, and transitions to democracy in the Arab world, where he has lived for over sixteen years. He has lectured at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Georgetown University, Saint Louis University, Universidad CEU San Pablo, and the Universitat de Barcelona. Professor Amirah-Fernández has published numerous articles and is co-editor of the book North Africa: Politics, Region, and the Limits of Transformation (London and New York: Routledge, 2008). He is also co-editor of the book The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership: Assessing the First Decade (Madrid: Real Instituto Elcano and FRIDE, 2005). He has translated into Spanish the book by the Egyptian writer Alaa Al Aswany, titled Egipto: Las claves de una revolución inevitable (Madrid: Galaxia Gutenberg, 2011). He has worked for the United Nations in New York and for Human Rights Watch in Washington DC. He is a frequent commentator in the Spanish and international media. Professor Amirah-Fernández speaks Spanish, Arabic, English, and French. Haizam Amirah-Fernández is also Senior Analyst for the Mediterranean and the Arab World at the Real Instituto Elcano.