Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), June 5, 2012
On June 5, 2012, a discussion was held on the topic ‘Egypt in Transition’, at the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP). The main introductory speaker was Dr Ahmed Kandil, reporter and researcher from the Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo, Egypt. BCSP associate, Marija Marović was the moderator.
This discussion enabled the Belgrade public a chance to talk about the political and wider social situation in Egypt after the 2011 revolution with a representative of an Egyptian civil society organisation. Dr Ahmed Kandil actively participated in the political life and strains in Egypt and has experience in the field which is significant for better understanding the situation in the country, which he happily shared with the other participants.
The following topics were discussed:
- The political and social-economic situation in Egypt after the Revolution, including a short review of the key political actors and relations of force between them;
- The role of the Security sector (military, police, security forces) – challenges of reforms;
- The role of the civil society in the process of transition in Egypt, the similarities and differences in relation to Serbia;
- The arrests of members of Egyptian NGOs and forthcoming trials;
- The Presidential elections in Egypt – what can be expected during and after.
The Centre for Euro-Atlantic Studies (CEAS) in Belgrade was represented at the discussion by Dušan Gamser, CEAS associate.