TIMEP Announces Selection of Fourth TIMEP-Atlas Corps Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellow

TIMEP is honored to announce the selection of Aymen Abderahmen as the recipient of the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship. Mr. Abderahmen will research transitional justice.

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is honored to announce the selection of Mr. Aymen Abderahmen as the recipient of the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship. Mr. Abderahmen is the fourth awardee of the fellowship and will be undertaking research on transitional justice when he commences his fellowship in May 2017. You can read Mr. Abderahmen’s full bio here.

“We are thrilled to have Aymen join us at TIMEP this May. His dedication to fighting for transparency and against corruption in Tunisia embodies Bassem’s dedication to democratic politics and inclusive governance. Ayemn’s addition to TIMEP’s team is particularly welcome as TIMEP continues to expand its areas of geographic focus, with his outstanding expertise on Tunisia,” said Nancy Okail, TIMEP’s Executive Director. “When we announced the fellowship three years ago we did not envision the level of interest and caliber of applications we have received in such a short time. It is truly a testament to Bassem’s legacy in the region, and as we commemorate the third anniversary of Bassem’s passing, we are humbled at TIMEP to be able to be a part of preserving his legacy, the principles for which he stood, and the ideals he held for the region.”

The Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship is awarded to a young professional with a background in journalism, international relations, political science, or other relevant fields who is interested in undertaking research on the Middle East or North Africa. Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to furthering the principles of democratic and inclusive change—the values that Sabry promoted during his career. TIMEP announced the creation of the fellowship in May 2014 following the death of the eponymous Egyptian writer and commentator. A partnership between TIMEP and Atlas Corps to sponsor the fellowship was announced in December 2014.

The application deadline for the next Bassem Sabry Fellowship position will be announced this fall. Please check our fellowship website for additional information on that fellowship and others. For general inquiries regarding the Bassem Sabry Fellowship, please contact [email protected]. To inquire about how to donate to the fellowship fund, please contact Sara Abdel Rahim at [email protected].

Bassem Sabry, a native of Cairo, was a writer and commentator on Egyptian and regional politics. Sabry’s balanced writing and commentary throughout the 2011 Egyptian revolution and following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak earned wide praise and attracted a global audience. In addition to publishing articles on his blog, “An Arab Citizen,” Sabry’s work was also featured in local, regional, and international news outlets, including Al-Masry Al-Youm, Al-Monitor, the Atlantic, and Foreign Policy.


The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of democratic transitions in the Middle East through analysis, advocacy, and action.