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Fourth Roundtable - "Post-Revolutionary Egypt"

Egypt Roundtable Monday 31 March 2014

On 18 March 2014, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies held its fourth roundtable on the subject of "Post-Revolutionary Egypt". The panel featured three prominent guest speakers: Dr Annie Dandavati, the chair of the Political Science Department and Director of International Studies at Hope College, Dr Sandra Pogodda, Lecturer of Peacebuilding at the University of Manchester, and Professor Gilbert Achcar, the Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at SOAS, University of London. The discussion was facilitated by Dr Florian Zollmann, Lecturer in Media at Hope and member of the Tutu Centre.

The talk was well attended by members of the public and staff and students from Hope University. The guest speakers provided a very interesting discussion.

Dr Sandra Pogodda pointed out that the Egyptian Revolution had changed the political outlook in Egypt. On the other hand, many people in Egypt tend to feel disempowered because in Post-Revolutionary Egypt social movements have been marginalised.

Dr Annie Dandavati added that women were well organised and played a major role in the Egyptian Revolution. And yet, after the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, women's rights were rolled back by the Muslim Brotherhood. Moreover, the transitional government abandoned quotas for female representation in parliament.

Professor Gilbert Achcar pointed to the trajectory and the deeper roots of the Egyptian uprising. Severe economic and social inequalities had facilitated the revolutionary process. Moreover, the revolution had been long in the making and has not ended yet. Any new government can become target of public anger, Achcar added.

The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies would like to extend their thanks to Dr Annie Dandavati, Dr Sandra Pogodda and Professor Gilbert Achcar for providing such an impressive and inspirational talk.