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Amr Hamzawy

Amr Hamzawy is a distinguished Egyptian political scientist who previously taught at the Free University of Berlin, from which he received his PhD. Hamzawy has deep knowledge of Middle East politics and specific expertise on democratization and reform processes in the region. His research interests include the changing dynamics of political participation in the Arab world and the role of Islamist movements in Arab politics. His most recent book, Getting to Pluralism – Political Actors in the Arab World, coedited with Marina Ottaway, was published in 2009.

Hamzawy regularly contributes articles in Arabic to various academic journals. He also writes a daily column for the Egyptian independent daily newspaper Al Shorouk. Hamzawy is currently a professor at the public policy and administration department at AUC. He is a professor of political science at Cairo University, a member of the National Council of Human Rights in Egypt, and founder of party Masr Elhureyya.

Selected Books

  • Getting to Pluralism - Political Actors in the Arab World, coauthored with Marina Ottaway (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2009)
  • Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices, coauthored with Anthony Chase (University of Pennsylvania Press, ), Zeitgenoessisches Arabisches Denken -Kontinuitaet und Wandel (Verlag des Deutschen Orient-Instituts, 2005). 

Selected Papers 

  • Between Government and Opposition - The Case of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Carnegie Paper, 2009)
  • Islamists in Politics (coauthored with Marina Ottaway, Carnegie Paper, 2009)
  • Participation and its Discontents - The Case of the Moroccan Party for Justice and Development (Carnegie Paper, 2008).

Areas of Expertise

Democracy; Islamism; Social Unrest, Political Reform; Middle East; Egypt