Protesters in Tahrir Square

The story of the Egyptian revolutionary uprising and its aftermath, from 2011 onwards, has been perplexing to many outside observers, who have often sought to understand it as a binary dispute between the pro-Morsi Islamist camp and the military establishment. Is that, however, the best way to understand the Egyptian story? What does the Egyptian democratic experiment mean for our understanding of Islamism, anti-Islamism, and the propensity for democratic progression in the Arab world's largest country?


Dr H.A. Hellyer is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the RH Centre for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC and Associate Fellow in International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London. Dr Hellyer is also an adjunct Professor at the Centre for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation at the Universiti Teknologi in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His insights on current events in the Arab World, Europe and Muslim communities worldwide are regularly sought by the international media networks – including CNN, BBC and Al–Jazeera – and he frequently writes for the Washington Post, Foreign Policy and the New York Times, among others.


This event will be chaired by Adam Ward, Director of Studies, IISS. It will take place in the fourth-floor Trafalgar Room, Arundel House, 13–15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX*.

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Discussion Meeting
Dr H.A. Hellyer, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council
Arundel House, London
Monday 5 December 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

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