MEDC March 26 event

Sisi’s Hollowed State: Ten Years of Autocracy in Egypt

March 26, 2024
3:00 PM ET


On April 3, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will begin his third term as president of Egypt following a rushed presidential election marred by a campaign of arrests, ongoing repression, and the elimination of any meaningful competition. During his first ten years as president, el-Sisi ruled through brutal authoritarian trial-and-error that has left Egypt in a precarious economic and political state. Now, as the strongman begins his new term as president, the war on Gaza is also exacerbating the existing economic challenges and providing cover for further oppression and abuse of power.

Join the Middle East Democracy Center’s (MEDC) Democracy Matters Initiative for an expert panel discussion to examine the aftermath of a decade of autocratic governance under el-Sisi and to discuss current developments and implications for human rights and democracy in Egypt and the wider MENA region.

Middle East Democracy Center (MEDC)
12th Floor Conference Room
1730 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Welcome Remarks:

  • Tess McEnery
    Executive Director, MEDC


  • Shana Marshall
    Associate Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies and Assistant Research Professor of International Affairs, George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Nancy Okail
    President and CEO, Center for International Policy
  • Hesham Sallam
    Senior Research Scholar and Associate Director for Research, Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law


  • Yasmin Omar
    Director of the Democracy Matters Initiative, MEDC