Middle East Politics Subject of Talk at Vassar

Egyptian political scientist Emad Shahin to speak Nov. 13

Egyptian political scientist Emad Shahin will deliver a lecture, “The Middle East Beyond the Arab Spring,” on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie. His talk will focus on the political climate of the Middle East since the ousting of Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

A professor of public policy at the American University in Cairo, Shahin is also currently a visiting professor at Georgetown University. Prior to that, he served as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., a position he held immediately following being charged by the Egyptian government with aiding the Muslim Brotherhood earlier this year. Shahin is one of a growing number of scholars who have been charged in such a manner.

In response to these accusations, Shahin has written, “I have been critical of the course of political events in Egypt since the summer of 2013 and can only conclude that such criticism — entirely restricted to word and utterly unconnected to any organized group, faction, or party — is my true offense.”

Shahin’s talk will be held in Rockefeller Hall, room 300. The event is sponsored by the World Affairs Council with co-sponsorship from Vassar’s Department of Political Science and the Programs in Africana and International Studies.

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