Egypt: Five Years Later

Event Series: 
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 4:00pm-6:30pm (ended)
100 Boalt Hall, Berkeley School of Law

The Egyptian Uprising of January 2011 was a bold moment in Egyptian history and its initial success led many to label that moment an "Arab Spring". Many things that followed did not go as imagined or planned. The election of an Islamist president, the issuing of several irregular presidential decrees, the deteriorating security situation in Sinai and the country, the intervention of the military, and finally his overthrow in another popular uprising were a few of the major events in Egypt in the immediate years that followed the first uprising, The speakers in this panel, all academics who are also public intellectuals, will provide an assessment of the current situation in Egypt following the second uprising of 2013 and the repercussions  of current regime's policies and the general conditions in Egypt today.

"The Egyptian Revolution: A People’s Quest for Collective Sovereignty”
Khaled Fahmy
Professor of History, The American University in Cairo
Visiting Professor in Modern Middle Eastern History, Harvard University

“Ridiculing Politics in Egypt: Understanding the Military Autocracy in Egypt”
Amr Hamzawy
Professor of Political Science, Cairo University
Visiting Scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University

“Egypt's Democratic Future Between Revolution and Counterrevolution”
Emad Shahin
Professor of Public Policy, The American University in Cairo
Visiting Professor at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

"Democratic Values for New Egypt”
Nagwan Soliman
Researcher, European University Institute
Visiting Scholar, Center on Institutions and Governance, University of California at Berkeley

Jonathan Simon
Professor of Law, UC Berkeley
Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley

Nezar AlSayyad
Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Urban History, University of California at Berkeley
Faculty Director of Center for Arab Societies and Environments Studies, University of California at Berkeley

Sponsored by the Center on Institutions and Governance (iGov) at the Institute of International Studies.  Co-sponsored by the Institute of International Studies, the Center for Arab Societies and Environments Studies, International Association for the Study of Traditional EnvironmentsCenter for Middle Eastern Studies, the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and Law at Berkeley School of Law