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"The Struggle for Democracy in Egypt - The Necessity of New Ideas and New Actors" - Amr Hamzawy, Founder Masr Elhureyya Party; Professor of Political Science, Cairo University

Apr 14, 2015 04:30PM to 06:00PM
Open to the Public
Amr Hamzawy, Professor of Political Science, Cairo University; founder, Masr Elhureyya party; member, National Council of Human Rights in Egypt

Amr Hamzawy, professor of political science at Cairo University and founder of the party Masr Elhureyya party, will present a public talk titled, "The Struggle for Democracy in Egypt - The Necessity of New Ideas and New Actors," on Tuesday, April 15, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. in Robertson Hall.  Hamzawy’s visit is made possible by funding provided by Richard A. Bartlett ’79.

Hamzawy studied political science and developmental studies in Cairo, The Hague, and Berlin. After finishing his doctoral studies and after five years of teaching in Cairo and Berlin, Hamzawy joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington, DC) between 2005 and 2009 as a senior associate for Middle East Politics. Between 2009 and 2010, he served as the research director of the Middle East Center of the Carnegie Endowment in Beirut, Lebanon. In 2011, he joined the Department of Public Policy and Administration at the American University in Cairo, where he continues to serve today. Hamzawy also serves as an associate professor of political science at the Department of Political Science, Cairo University.

His research and teaching interests as well as his academic publications focus on democratization processes in Egypt, tensions between freedom and repression in the Egyptian public space, political movements and civil society in Egypt, contemporary debates in Arab political thought, and human rights and governance in the Arab world.

Dr. Hamzawy is a former member of the People’s Assembly after being elected in the first Parliamentary elections in Egypt after the 25th of Jan 2011 revolution. He is also a former member of the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights. Hamzawy contributes a daily column and a weekly op-ed to the Egyptian independent newspaper Shorouk.