Recently, a robust, public debate has taken place over the relevancy of academic research to governments: Is academic research valuable to policymakers? Does academic research translate to effective policy? Is there a gap between research and policy, and if there is, why does it exist? To investigate these perceptions and to probe for productive ways to bridge any actual gap between research and policy, The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) presents its Scholar Spotlight series. This series of videos and podcasts features prominent scholars whose work has international policy implications and presents their views on how to better use research to inform actionable policy.
The third episode in this series, Assessing Egypt’s Media Landscape, was filmed in early May 2014 and spotlights Drs. Courtney Radsch and Adel Iskandar. Courtney C. Radsch is a journalist, media expert and freedom of expression advocate. She is the current Advocacy Director for the Committee to Protect Journalists and she previously worked as Senior Program Manager for the Global Freedom of Expression Campaign at Freedom House. Adel Iskandar is a scholar of Arab studies whose research focuses on media and communication. Iskandar, a co-editor of Jadaliyya, teaches at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) and the Communication, Culture and Technology (CCT) program at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
You can listen to the full interviews below:
In this episode, our featured scholars explore Egypt’s media landscape before, during, and after the 2011 uprisings. In the first part, they assess the importance of press freedom in Egypt’s impending presidential elections. In the second, they describe new technologies and uses of media in post-2011 Egypt and offer some brief thoughts on the future. All episodes are available here.
The views presented in these podcasts are those of the participants and do not necessarily represent the views of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.