Amr Hamzawy is research director and senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. His research interests include the changing dynamics of political participation in the Arab world and the role of Islamist movements in Arab politics. He is co-author, with Nathan J. Brown, of Between Religion and Politics, published in 2010, and the author of The Arab Future–Contemporary Debates on Democracy, Political Islam, and Resistance, published in 2010 (in Arabic).
Hamzawy serves on the Middle East Advisory Council of Human Rights Watch, and the boards of Crisis International and the Arab Council for Social Science. He regularly contributes articles in Arabic and English to various academic journals and writes a bi-monthly op-ed for the leading Arab daily al-Hayat.
He Co-authored the book “The New Middle East” with Marina Ottaway, Nathan J. Brown, Amr Hamzawy, Karim Sadjadpour, Paul Salem, published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in February 2008.
He played a key role in the 2011 Egyptian revolution of January 25, later on, he was chosen as the spokesman of the Wise Men Board which was setup during the early stages of the revolution to negotiate & mediate between the protesters & the government. He was offered a position in Ahmed Shafik’s cabinet as the Minister of Youth but he refused the offer.
Because of the fame he acquired throughout the revolution he is being suggested as a potential candidate to the Presidency, although he expressed no desire to run, it is also rumored that he is forming a political party.
Hamzawy got his bachelor degree from Cairo University, Egypt. Followed by Masters degree from the University of Amsterdam, and another from Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. Finally he received his PhD from the Free University of Berlin
Areas of Expertise: Democracy; Islamism; Social Unrest, Political Reform; Middle East; Egypt
- The New Middle East, with Marina Ottaway, Nathan J. Brown, Amr Hamzawy, Karim Sadjadpour, Paul Salem (Book, 2008).
- Between Religion and Politics, with Nathan Brown (Book, 2010).
- The Arab Future–Contemporary Debates on Democracy, Political Islam, and Resistance (Book, 2010).
- Getting to Pluralism: Political Actors in the Arab World, with Marina Ottaway and Michele Dunne (Book, 2009.
- Between Government and Opposition: The Case of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform, (Carnegie Paper, 2009).
- Islamists in Politics: The Dynamics of Participation (Carnegie Paper, 2008).
- Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices, co-edited with Anthony Chase, (University of Pennsylvania, 2006).
- Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices, co-edited with Anthony Chase, in 2006.
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