Ann Mosely Lesch '66: Troubled Political Transitions

Ann Mosely Lesch '66, professor emeritus of political science at American University in Cairo, presents the 2014 Islamic Studies Annual Lecture,Troubled Political Transitions: A Perspective from Egypt. She is introduced by Associate Professor of Anthropology Farha Ghannam.

Three years ago, Egyptians rose up to remove Hosni Mubarak's corrupt authoritarian regime. Since then, they have been on an emotional roller-coaster, from the excitement of participating in three elections, to rising anger during the Muslim Brotherhood's presidency, and then taking back to the streets to remove that president. Today, they face uncertainty as to whether presidential elections will strengthen democracy or entrench the security state. Given Egypt's centrality in the Middle East, it is important to examine and assess its troubled transition.