The world watched in 2011 as an uprising in Egypt ousted the autocratic regime of Hosni Mubarak and appeared to open the door to democracy. Today, the promise of change has been replaced by the military regime of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whose grip on state institutions and society limits calls for democratic order, the rule of law and safeguards for human rights.
In this environment, where are Egypt’s liberals? Why have numerous “secular” political parties and movements stood under liberal banners in support of an apparent return to military authoritarianism?
This lecture offered an overview of the state of liberalism in Egypt and what it portends for the country’s future.
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Amr Hamzawy, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University; Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Cairo University; Former Member, Parliament of Egypt