Join Afkar Talks for a conversation with Amr Hamzawy, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Amira Yahyaoui, the founder of Al Bawsala, on the issue of legislating authoritarianism in Egypt and Tunisia. The discussion will be moderated by human rights advocate Heba Morayef.
Admission is free of charge. The conversation will be conducted in Arabic.
AMR HAMZAWY is a senior fellow in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Middle East Program. His research, teaching interests, and academic publications focus on democratization processes in Egypt, political movements and civil society in Egypt, contemporary debates in Arab political thought, and human rights and governance in the Arab world. Hamzawy was elected to the People’s Assembly during Egypt’s first parliamentary elections following the January 25, 2011 revolution. He is also a former member of the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights.
AMIRA YAHYAOUI is the founder of Al Bawsala, a Tunisian public policy and accountability NGO. While still a teenager, Amira was banned from Tunisia for her activism and fled to Paris where she was stateless for several years. Following the 2011 revolution, Amira returned to Tunisia for the transition and writing of the Tunisian constitution. She won a Vital Voices Global Trailblazer award for women transforming the Middle East and was named top 100 most powerful Arab women by Arabian Business Magazine. She is a Yale World Fellow and a Stanford University Draper Hills Fellow.
HEBA MORAYEF is the North Africa Research Director for Amnesty International. Previously, she served as Egypt Director for Human Rights Watch, Associate Director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, and Senior Egypt Analyst for the International Crisis Group. In 2013, Foreign Policy recognized Morayef among the top 100 leading global thinkers in 2013.