TIMEP – A Fragile State: Sectarianism and Security in Egypt

This event is hosted by the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy. Click here to RSVP.

Thursday, May 4, 2017
3:00 p.m.

Russell Senate Office Building
Room 188
Washington, DC 20002

A conversation with:

Dr. Amr Hamzawy
Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Dr. Nancy Okail
Executive Director, TIMEP


The panelists will address the recent sectarian nature of terror attacks in Egypt, the government’s counter-terror campaign, and the adverse effect of repressive measures such as the recently introduced Emergency Law on security and stability. The conversation will also inform additional discussion on U.S. assistance to Egypt in the context of upcoming budget and appropriations hearings and decisions.

Dr. Nancy Okail is the Executive Director of TIMEP, and has more than 15 years of experience working on issues of democracy, rule of law, security and extremism in the Middle East and North Africa region. She analyzes these issues and advocates in favor of human rights through her testimony to legislative bodies, providing policy briefings with senior government officials, speaking at public and private events, and writing for academic and popular publications. Prior to joining TIMEP, Dr. Okail was the director of Freedom House’s Egypt program. She has also worked with the Egyptian government as a senior evaluation officer of foreign aid and has also managed programs for several international organizations.

Dr. Okail was one of the 43 non-governmental organization workers convicted and sentenced to prison in a widely publicized 2012 case for allegedly using foreign funds to foment unrest in Egypt. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Sussex; her dissertation examined the power relations of foreign aid.

Dr. Amr Hamzawy is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Middle East Program. He studied political science and developmental studies in Cairo, The Hague, and Berlin and previously worked with Carnegie’s Middle East program as a senior associate from 2005 to 2009. Between 2009 and 2010, he served as the research director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Lebanon. He has also served on the faculty at the American University in Cairo, Cairo University, and Stanford University.

Dr. Hamzawy’s 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 January 25 Revolution in 2011. 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.