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Goldstein Program in Public Affairs

Date: 7:30pm EDT October 23, 2019

The Politics Revolution in Egypt and North Africa

Professor Said Sadek from American University in Cairo examines the impact of the Arab Spring on politics in both Egypt and North Africa (Tunisia and Libya).  

The Arab Spring ushered in a new era in politics in both Egypt and Tunisia. Previous public apathy towards politics has been replaced with a high interest in politics.  Representation of minorities that have traditionally had a low representation in political institutions increased in an unprecedented  way.  Social media became a tool for both government and the average citizen to speak their minds and re-organize stakeholders over various interests and crystallized demands. Unconventional politicians and independent youtubers began to surpass and challenge existing traditional political parties and mainstream media. The Goldstein Program invites you to join Dr. Said Sadek for a discussion on the far-reaching impact of the Arab Spring. 


Dr. Sadek is an Egyptian political and social scholar and commentator who appears in local, regional and international media focusing on Middle Eastern developments.

Sadek has a BA in Political Science, two masters in Middle East Studies and Sociology from the American University in Cairo. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science specializing in political communication, forecasting and peace studies from Cairo University 1996.

He taught courses in Political Science, Sociology, Arab Society, mass communication, political sociology, political communication, terrorism and media, intermarriage in the Middle East and the Contemporary history of the Middle East in many private and international universities in Egypt including the American University in Cairo (AUC), Future University and Nile University. He also works as a political risk consultant for several regional research centers and think tanks including the Finnish Institute in the Middle East (FIME) and the Beirut based Tactical Report. He was the first in Egypt to teach a course on Terrorism and Media in AlAhram Canadian University.

He is also a member of the Egyptian National Council for Women and the Arab Association for Political Science.

In 1980 he was awarded Sadat Peace Prizefor his research on Egyptian Foreign Policy after signing the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty 1979.

In 2005, Sadek was awarded the Medal of the Knight of the Order of Lion of Finland, by the President of Finland Tarja Halonen for his contribution to boosting Arab-Finnish academic and cultural relations. He has also been a consultant for the Ministry of Higher Education in reforming education in Egyptian universities.