Published Works

April 26, 2016

Crying Wolf: How Sisi Plays Politics with Terrorism

Co-authored with Jacob Greene. n March 7, 2016, Egypt’s Ministry of the Interior announced the names of the groups responsible for the assassination of Egyptian Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat. The news came nine months after he died in what was one of the highest-profile attacks in recent… Read More

July 21, 2015

Egypt’s Old Strategy for New Terrorism

Co-authored with Nancy Okail. On July 11, in yet another sign of an alarming increase of terrorism in mainland Egypt—that is, Egypt outside of northern Sinai—the Italian consulate in Cairo was bombed. The Islamic State (also called ISIS) allegedly claimed the attack, although the group’s involvement was not confirmed. Last… Read More

December 5, 2014

The Battle for Egypt’s Sinai

The Sinai as a Battlefield The security situation in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has seen some dangerously rapid and significant developments in the past weeks: A tripartite attack on security forces on October 24 resulted in the deaths of at least thirty-one security personnel—the deadliest attack on Egyptian soil since 2005. Read More

August 8, 2014

Moral Panic in the Egyptian Media

Throughout the upheaval of political change in Egypt over the course of the past years, a particular tendency has remained consistent in the Egyptian media: violent intolerance toward religious minorities that do not conform to a notion of “authentic” Egyptian identity. Media presentations featuring these religious minorities most often cast… Read More

February 17, 2014

Sun shines brightly on Morocco’s solar energy ambitions

Originally published in The National Read the original here. Last month, under the hot desert sun, King Mohammed VI of Morocco officially cut the ribbon on the construction of a large solar energy plant in the city of Ouarzazate. Upon its expected completion in… Read More

February 13, 2014

Tunisia’s Constitution (and a View to Egypt)

Tunisian and Egyptian Political Context On Sunday, January 26, 2014, the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly (NCA) members celebrated the adoption of a new Tunisian Constitution – the second constitution in the modern state’s history. After weeks of heated debates, death threats, speeches, arguments, peaceful deliberations, and approval… Read More

February 2, 2014

What Can Egypt Learn from Algeria?

In Algeria in the late 1980s, a sense of despair hung over the country. After decades of oil-infused growth and increasing prosperity, the downslide in oil prices after 1986 virtually eliminated hopes of continued social mobility. The mood was manifested by the hitistes—young, unemployed men with nothing to do but simply… Read More

November 4, 2013

Lyrics Revolt

Originally published on Read the original here. Lyrics Revolt. Directed by Shannon Farhoud, Melanie Fridgant, Rana Khaled, and Ashlene Ramadan. Torath Productions, 2012. The film is titled Lyrics Revolt. But, as the women from Torath Productions have demonstrated in their documentary, lyrics do much… Read More

September 30, 2013

The Fragility of the Modern Imaginary

Published in the Global Societies Journal Read the original here. While the European Enlightenment is credited as the dawn of a modern era, marked by a belief in the rule of law to deliver security and prosperity to all people, the geopolitical reality of world order has… Read More