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General Sisi of Egypt - photo adapted from


What Went Wrong? Egypt's Failed Democratic Transition

The Josef Korbel School's Center for Middle East Studies presents a daylong conference examining Egypt's failed democratic transition.  



9:15 - 9:30 am: Opening remarks - Ambassador Christopher Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School, and Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies

9:30 - 11:00 am: The Role of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt's Democratic Transition

  • Mona El-Ghobashy, Independet Scholar
  • Joshua Stacher, Kent State University
  • Shadi Hamid, Brookings Institution
  • Emad El-Din Shahin, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

11:15 am - 12:45 pm: Islamism, Liberalism, & Democratic Theory - Lessons from Egypt's Failed Transition

  • Andrew F. March, Yale University
  • Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto
  • Daniel Brumberg, Georgetown University and the United States Institute of Peace
  • Micheline Ishay, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

3:00 - 4:30 pm: Ideology, Mass Media, Popular Culture, & the Public Sphere in Egypt - Explaining the Outbreak of Fascism

  • Mohamad Elmasry, University of North Alabama
  • Joel Gordon, University of Arkansas
  • Ellis Goldberg, University of Washington
  • Abdullah Al-Arian, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar

7:00 - 10:00 pm: Screening of Jehane Noujaim's Documentary Film THE SQUARE Followed by a Panel Discussion & Open Forum,  Margery Reed Building Reiman Theater

  • Daniel Brumberg
  • Mohammad Fadel
  • Monah El-Ghobashy
  • Emad El-Din Shahin
  • Ellis Goldberg

Please email with questions.

Photo of General Sisi in the header adapted from