Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

MES Faculty Weigh in on Recent Events in Egypt

Tue, July 9, 2013

MES faculty have been busy lending their expertise to the media about the June 30 uprising in Egypt that led to the ouster of President Mohammad Morsi in a military "was it or wasn't it a coup?" The Daily Texan reported on the evacuation of University of Texas students studying abroad through the Arabic Flagship Program on Friday, July 5, and, as events have progressed, our faculty has been contacted by local, national, and international media to offer commentary and context for the rapidly unfolding events on the ground in Egypt.

Jason BrownleeJason Brownlee (Government / Middle Eastern Studies) appeared on Al-Jazeera English on  Monday, July 8, 2013, to discuss US/Egyptian relations and the sensitivity of Washington labelling the military ouster of President Morsi as a coup. (No clip is available).  Brownlee's latest book, Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance looks at why, since 1973, the United States has helped reproduce authoritarianism in Egypt. 

Samer AliSamer Ali (Middle Eastern Studies) appeared on Good Day Austin, the KTBC-TV morning talk show, on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, to answer questions about the recent events in Egypt, discuss the nature of the popular uprising against President Morsi, and to offer his perspective on the jubilation surrounding the military takeover. Dr. Ali has spent two of the past ten years conducting research in Cairo and is a frequent speaker and commentator on Arab/Islamic cultures and Egypt in particular. Video of Dr. Ali's appearance can be viewed online here.

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