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Zeinab Abul-Magd, Issandr Al-Amrani, Nathan J. Brown, Jason Brownlee, Daniel Brumberg, Mohamed El-Menshawy, Hesham Sallam and Samer Shehata

Roundtable on Post-Mubarak Egypt: Authoritarianism without Autocrats? (Full Series with Response by Brownlee)

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  Hesham Sallam, “Introduction” Zeinab Abul-Magd, “Bringing The Economy Back in!” Issandr Al-Amrani, “An Optimistic Rejoinder to Jason Brownlee” Nathan J. Brown, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” Daniel Brumberg, “A Revolution or a SCAF-Managed Transition?” Mohamed El-Menshawy, “SCAF Cannot Defeat the Square” Samer Shehata, “Citizens and State in Post-Mubarak Egypt” Jason Brownlee, “A Final Response”   “Introduction,” by Hesham Sallam [open in separate ...

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Zeinab Abul-Magd is an assistant professor of MENA history at Oberlin College. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from Cairo University, MA degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, and PhD in history and political economy from Georgetown University. Her book about the history of early modern and modern failed empires and subaltern rebellion against the empire throughout the last five hundred years in Upper Egypt is coming out of University of California Press soon. She publishes in both Arabic and English about Egyptian current political affairs and modern socio-economic history.



Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He blogs at



Nathan J. Brown, a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, is a distinguished scholar and author of four well-received books on Arab politics. Brown brings his special expertise on Islamist movements, Palestinian politics, and Arab law and constitutionalism to the Endowment. Brown’s most recent book, Resuming Arab Palestine, presents research on Palestinian society and governance after the establishment of the Palestinian Authority.  His current work focuses on Islamist movements and their role in politics in the Arab world.




Jason Brownlee is Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, where he researches and teaches about US foreign policy, Middle East politics, and democratization. His first book was Authoritarianism in an Age of Democratization (published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press). He is completing a book on US-Egyptian relations. Professor Brownlee’s scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in World Politics, the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Political Science Quarterly, and other journals. His personal website is at



Daniel Brumberg is an Associate Professor of Government and Co-Director of Democracy and Governance Studies at Georgetown University. He also serves as Acting Director of the United States Institute of Peace's Muslim World Initiative, where he directs a number of programs on democracy and political change in the Muslim world. Brumberg is a former senior associate in the Carnegie Endowment's Democracy and Rule of Law Project (2003–04). Brumberg previously was a Jennings Randolph senior fellow at USIP, where he pursued a study of power sharing in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. In 1997, Brumberg was a Mellon junior fellow at Georgetown University and a visiting fellow at the International Forum on Democratic Studies. He was a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science at Emory University and a visiting fellow in the Middle East Program in the Jimmy Carter Center, and has also taught at the University of Chicago and Sciences Po, Paris. He received his B.A. from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His books include Reinventing Khomeini: The Struggle for Reform in Iran (University of Chicago Press, 2000), and Islam and Democracy in the Middle East, co-edited with Larry Diamond and Marc Plattner (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).


Mohamed El-Menshawy is adjunct scholar, and the director of the languages and regional studies program at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC. He writes a weekly column for Egyptian daily Al-Shorouk News. He was the editor in chief of Arab Insight, a journal communicating Arab perspectives on the Middle East affairs to American audiences. Also he was the founding editor of Taqrir Washington, which provides U.S. news and analysis in Arabic. El-Menshawy holds a master's degree in international relations and Middle Eastern politics from the University of Akron, Ohio and an MBA in international strategy from American University in DC. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Cairo University in Egypt.




Hesham Sallam is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. He is Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine.




Samer Shehata is an Assistant Professor of Arab Politics at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. He is the author of Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt and the editor of the forthcoming, Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change, in addition to numerous academic and policy articles about Egypt.