Amr Hamzawy

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Amr Hamzawy

  • Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL
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Amr Hamzawy studied political science and developmental studies in Cairo, The Hague, and Berlin. He was previously an associate professor of political science at Cairo University and a professor of public policy at the American University in Cairo. Between 2016 and 2017, he served as a senior fellow in the Middle East program and the Democracy and Rule of Law program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, DC. 

His research and teaching interests as well as his academic publications focus on democratization processes in Egypt, tensions between freedom and repression in the Egyptian public space, political movements and civil society in Egypt, contemporary debates in Arab political thought, and human rights and governance in the Arab world. His new book On The Habits of Neoauthoritarianism – Politics in Egypt Between 2013 and 2019 appeared in Arabic in September 2019.

Hamzawy is a former member of the People’s Assembly after being elected in the first Parliamentary elections in Egypt after the January 25, 2011 revolution. He is also a former member of the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights. Hamzawy contributes a weekly op-ed to the All Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi.



                             2019:               On the Habits of Neoauthoritarianism – Politics in Egypt between 2013 and 2019  (in Arabic). Beirut: El Rayyes Publishers.

                             2014:               A Margin for Democracy in Egypt - The Story of An Unsuccessful Transition (in Arabic). Cairo: The Egyptian Lebanese Publishers.

2010:               Between Religion and Politics, co-authored with Nathan Brown. Washington, D.C. and Beirut: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

The Arab Future: Debates on Democracy, Political Islam, and Resistance (in Arabic). Beirut: Dar an-Nahar.

2005:               Contemporary Arab Political Thought: The Dialectics of Continuity and Change (German). Hamburg: Schriften des Deutschen Orient-Instituts.

Edited Volumes

2009:               Getting to Pluralism: Political Actors in the Arab World, co-edited with Marina Ottaway. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

2008:               Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices, co-edited with Anthony Chase. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

2006:               The European Union and the Arab World (in Arabic).  Cairo: Department of European Studies, Cairo University.

2004:               Arab Experiences of Teaching Political Science: Challenges of Methodology and Social Role (in Arabic).  Cairo: Department of Political Science, Cairo University.

Between Slogan and Reality: Discourses and Programs of Reform in a Changing World (in Arabic).  Cairo: Center for the Study of Developing Countries, Cairo University.