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Timothy Kennett and Jade M. Lansing


Reflections of the 21st Annual Cairo Papers Symposium, “The Political Economy of the New Egyptian Republic”

[Second panel of symposium. From left to right: Zeinab Abulmagd, Reem Saad (chair), Hans Christian Nielsen, and Mona Abaza. Image from Cairo Papers]

Cairo has long been a tremendously self-aware city—engaging both Egyptian and international scholars in dialogues about events even as they are unfolding. This year’s twenty-first Annual Cairo Papers Symposium is an example of such self-conscious scholarship and dialogue. Taking place on 6 April 2013, as protests around the city commemorated the fifth anniversary of the April 6th workers’ movement, this symposium on the Egyptian political economy was certainly timely and ...

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Timothy Kennett and Jade M. Lansing


Timothy Kennett is a Masters student of Middle East Studies at the American University in Cairo. He is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where he majored in Political Science and Global Studies and studied Ancient Greek, Arabic, and Russian. In the past he has worked as a research assistant at the University of Minnesota and was an intern for the Minnesota House of Representatives leadership corner. Additionally, Timothy has spent time in Jordan researching ethno-religious identity of the Jordanian parliament and teaching English to Iraqi refugees. He is primary focused with the politics of identity and political economy of the Middle East. 

Jade M. Lansing is an American graduate student of Middle East Studies at the American University in Cairo. She is a recent graduate of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where she majored in International Affairs and studied Arabic, German, and French. She has worked as a research assistant for Lewis & Clark College, a program coordinator for the World Affairs Council of Oregon, a grant writer for various refugee aid organizations, and an Arabic tutor for the Center for Language and Culture in Marrakech, Morocco. Jade has made multiple trips to North Africa—conducting research, volunteering, and studying Arabic. Her past research has focused on Moroccan politics and sociolinguistics, and her current research looks at the formation of the Tunisian national narrative and sectarianism in the Lebanese education sector. She is especially interested in Middle East politics, intercultural communication, civil society development, and foreign language pedagogy.