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February 11, 2011

Cairo, Egypt - President Hosni Mubarak resigned and the army took control of the country after 18 days of violent protests  across Egypt

  • Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets during the past weeks in what were reportedly the largest demonstrations in years
  • 18 days of protesting succeeded in removing President Hosni Mubarak
  • Egypt’s Armed Forces Supreme Council will run the country for the next six months, or until elections are held
  • Protests have now switched from anti-government reactions to demands of higher wages
  • At least 300 people were killed during the 18 days of protests
  • The rallies had been promoted by groups online with over 87,000 people confirming their participation in the rallies on a variety of social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, and the events have been described as a “Twitter Revolution”
  • Since Tunisia’s anti-government protests, at least five Egyptians  attempted suicide by self-immolation, mirroring the young Tunisian whose burning death in December galvanized protesters.

Analysts available for comment:

ABDALLAH SCHLEIFER is a veteran journalist who has covered the Middle East for American and Arab media for more than thirty years. From 2006 to 2007, he was Washington Bureau Chief for the Al Arabiya TV network, and has previously worked for NBC, The New York Times, and The Jerusalem Star. He currently serves as Professor Emeritus at the American University in Cairo.

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Languages: English
CONTACT: abdallah.schleifer@globalexpertfinder.org

ROBERT BOWKER is former Australian ambassador to Egypt (2005-8) and Jordan (1989-92). He was also previously stationed in Saudi Arabia and Syria. He currently serves as Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at Australian National University, and is considered a leading expert on social and political issues throughout the region.
Location: Canberra, Australia
Languages: English, Arabic
CONTACT; bob.bowker@globalexpertfinder.org
RASHID KHALIDI is Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. He is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies and President of the Middle East Studies Association. He previously served as advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from 1991-3. He is the author of Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East (2009) and The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2006).

Location: New York, USA
Languages: English, Arabic
CONTACT: Rashid.khalidi@globalexpertfinder.org

JOEL BEININ is Director of Middle East Studies and Professor of History at the American University in Cairo. He is on extended leave from Stanford University. Professor Beinin’s principal areas of research have been the histories of modern Egypt, Israel and Palestine, radical movements and minorities in the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and US policy in the Middle East. He taught Middle East history at Stanford University from 1983 to 2006, including a broad range of courses from the rise of Islam to the present. He subsequently took up his current position as Director of Middle East Studies at the American University in Cairo.

Location: Middle East
Languages: Arabic, English
CONTACT: joel.beinin@globalexpertfinder.org

MONA ELTAHAWY is an award-winning New York-based journalist and commentator, and an international lecturer. Her opinion pieces have appeared frequently in the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post and the pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat newspaper and she has also published opeds in The New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Egypt’s al-Dostour and Lebanon’s Daily Star.

Location: New York, USA
Languages: English, Arabic
CONTACT: mona.eltahawy@globalexpertfinder.org

GILLES KEPEL is Professor and Chair, Middle East and Mediterranean Studies, at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). He is a contributor to the Financial Times, Le Monde, La Repubblica, El Pais, Al Hayat, and a number of Arabic language and international newspapers. Some of his recent publications include: Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The War for Muslim Minds, and Jihad: the Trail of Political Islam.

Location: Paris, France
Languages: English, French
CONTACT : gilles.kepel@globalexpertfinder.org

ASEF BAYAT is Academic Director of the International Institute for the Study of Islam (ISIM) at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He taught sociology and Middle East studies at the American University in Cairo for sixteen years and has held visiting positions at the University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University, New York University, and the University of Oxford. His academic interests include political sociology and social movements, urban space and politics, international development, the contemporary Middle East and Islam. He has conducted ethnographic research in the areas of popular mobilization in the Iranian Revolution, labor movements, politics of the urban poor, development NGOs, comparative Islam, and Muslim youth cultural politics, primarily in Iran and Egypt.

Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Languages: Arabic, English
CONTACT: asef.bayat@globalexpertfinder.org

MICHAEL GILSENAN is a social and cultural anthropologist whose current position is the David B. Kriser Professor in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies at New York University (1995-). He is also Director of the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU.

Location: New York, USA
Languages: Arabic, English
CONTACT: michael.gilsenan@globalexpertfinder.org

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