From the Editors
Bassem Hafez is a doctoral student in political science at the University of Calgary, Canada. Previously he was a public affairs officer at the Embassy of Canada in Egypt. He spent five years analyzing protest movements in Egypt at both the Canadian and Korean Embassies. Hafez worked as the Arts and Culture coordinator for the youth-led NGO Nahdet El Mahrousa and has been active in human rights NGOs throughout his graduate studies at the American University in Cairo where he earned a Masters in political science. Hafez is also a drummer who played with and managed many bands in Egypt since the mid-1990s.
"The current AKP government has been referencing Europe and its associated symbolisms to justify its various pro-capital, pro-security, and paternalistic policies. Is it viable, then, to draw from the same sources to scrutinize the legitimacy of those policies and to suggest alternatives?"click | email | tweet