MENA Salon: 60,000 Political Prisoners and a New Cathedral: Is Sisi's Egypt Sustainable?

Workshop | February 1 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

January 25 marked the 8th anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. On Coptic Christmas Eve, January 6, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi was interviewed by 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley in which he denied the existence of over 60,000 political prisoners in the country's prisons. The Egyptian government tried to block the interview from airing, to no avail. The interview was aired the same evening Sisi inaugurated the Middle East's largest cathedral in the new administrative capital east of Cairo, a day after a deadly bomb blast near a Cairo church. Despite domestic and international praise for such a move, its inauguration comes in a context where Sisi has sought greater authoritarian control. Egyptian courts are now considering whether the country's parliament can discuss constitutional amendments allowing Sisi to stay in power after the end of his second term in 2022. This week's salon will take a closer look at Egypt's political turmoil., (510)642-8208