Twelve years ago Egyptians took to the streets to demand “bread, freedom, and social justice,” ultimately ousting then-President Hosni Mubarak following a thirty-year rule. Today, the country is undergoing one of the worst human rights crises of its modern era and its people are hostage to poor economic policy that has exacerbated social inequality even further. In the time between, Egypt’s activists have organized on the streets. Exacerbated by the passing of a restrictive Protest Law, they have taken to the online spaces. And silenced and targeted, those made to flee the country have continued to mobilize in exile from abroad.
On Wednesday, January 25, 2023, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) hosted a book talk featuring Rusha Latif, author of the newly-released Tahrir’s Youth: Leaders of a Leaderless Revolution. Abdelrahman Mansour will join the conversation as a discussant, and Nancy Okail will moderate. Speakers reflected on the January 25 revolution and the years immediately following, the state of organizing in and on Egypt today, and the challenges and opportunities in the years to come.
Watch the conversation here:
Rusha Latif, Researcher and Writer; Author of Tahrir’s Youth: Leaders of a Leaderless Revolution
Rusha Latif is a researcher and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A first-generation Egyptian American, she traveled to Cairo in 2011 to conduct ethnographic research on the uprising. Her interests include social movements and revolutions; the study of gender, class, and race/ethnicity; Islamic studies; and Middle Eastern studies.
Abelrahman Mansour, Egyptian activist and journalist
Abdelrahman Mansour is an Egyptian human rights defender and entrepreneur in digital media and journalism. Today, Mansour is the founder and executive director of Arabi Facts Hub in New York. He has played a vital role in several Egyptian and Arab projects committed to advancing citizens’ rights to knowledge and access to information. He was also the co-administrator of “We Are All Khaled Said,” the most significant political Facebook page in the Middle East that played a crucial role in sparking the Egyptian Revolution, mobilizing people in peaceful protest. He has written about the violations of civil liberties and the aspirations of young Arabs for Oxford Handbooks and Foreign Policy.
Nancy Okail, President and CEO of the Center for International Policy
Nancy Okail is President and CEO of the Center for International Policy. Dr. Okail is a leading scholar, policy analyst, and advocate with more than 20 years of experience working on issues of human rights, democracy, and security in the Middle East and North Africa region. In 2020, Okail was appointed as a visiting scholar at the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University, focusing on accountability and the intersection of human rights and technology. Prior to joining Stanford, she served as Executive Director of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP), which under her leadership became an internationally renowned policy research organization.
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