Amb. Dr. Sameh Aboul-Enein

Ambassador Dr. Sameh Aboul-Enein is the Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister of Egypt for Disarmament and Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy. He is currently also Assistant Professor for International Security, Conflict Resolution and Disarmament at the American University in Cairo, a Visiting Professor at the Diplomatic Academy, University of East Anglia, a Visiting Lecturer and Course instructor at the NATO Defense College in Rome and at the British Military Academy in Swindon, UK. Prior to this, Dr. Aboul-Enein was Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Head of the Mission of Egypt to the UK, London. Earlier he was Director of the United Nations Affairs Department as well as Director of Specialized Agencies and International Organizations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cairo. From 2002-2006 he was Alternate Representative to the Conference on Disarmament and to United Nations Offices, Permanent Mission of Egypt, Geneva. He served as advisor to two previous Foreign Ministers. He was Counsellor for Arab and Middle East Affairs, Cabinet of the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Cairo (2000-2002). From 1994-1996 he was the Political Officer for Middle East-Israeli/Palestinian Affairs, Cabinet of the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Cairo. He commenced his diplomatic career in 1987 and has served in numerous posts in his diplomatic role among them, in addition to the above, the Soviet Union and Turkey. He has written and lectured widely in both English and Arabic on international and regional security as well as conflict resolution and the Middle East Nuclear Free Zone. Ambassador Dr. Sameh Aboul-Enein is the Winner of the 2013 “AUC Alumni Distinguished Award for Outstanding Work and Talent”.


  • From (potential) spoilers to guarantors? The Role of external powers, January 2012, Arms Control and Missile Proliferation in the Middle East, Routledge Global Security Studies

  • NPT 2010-2015: The Way Forward, March 31, 2011, Carnegie Endowment.

  • Middle East: Nuclear No-Go, May 2011, Diplomat Magazine, London

  • NPT 2010: The Beginning of a New Constructive Cycle, Arms Control Today, November 2010

  • A Real Opportunity for a Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone in the Middle East, New World, Autumn 2010

  • Towards a Verified Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in the Middle East, Vertic Brief, 11 April 2010

  • The 2010 NPT Review and the Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities, Palestine- Israel Journal, March 2010/Vol, 16, Nov. 14, 2010

  • The Missile Regime: Verification, Test Bans and Free Zones, Disarmament Forum, December 2009

  • The Roadmap to Total Nuclear Disarmament, Carnegie Endowment , April 2009.

  • Towards 2010 and Beyond, Challenges for the Non-Proliferation Regime and the Middle East, Disarmament Diplomacy, Spring 2009.

  • SOAS Conference on a WMD Free Zone in the Middle East




  • Regular contributor, The Diplomat (Egyptian monthly political periodical), 2006-2012 Lexicon of WMD Terms relevant to Middle East Free Zone.

  • Regular contributor, ElSiyassa ElDawliya (Egypt’s political and strategic quarterly) and Al Ahram newspaper