Panelists: Zachary Lockman, Nancy Elshami, Ashraf Khalil, Samah Selim and Menna Khalil

An analysis of SCAF’s role in Egypt’s, economy, the role of US military aid, and connections with previous regimes. What tactics has SCAF used to maintain its power? What illusions are held about the military, and what has its role been in regional strategic as well as political conflicts? How has the SCAF's current violence manifested against the Egyptian people, especially women, and in what ways are they resisting?


Zachary Lockman is a Professor of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies and History at New York University. His main research and teaching field is the socioeconomic, cultural and political history of the modern Middle East, particularly the Mashriq. His books includeWorkers on the Nile: Nationalism, Communism, Islam, and the Egyptian Working Class, 1882-1954, with Joel Beinin;Workers and Working Classes in the Middle East: Struggles, Histories, Historiographies; and most recently, Contending Visions of the Middle East: The History and Politics of Orientalism.

Nancy Elshami is an independent journalist and researcher, whose work has been featured on ZNet, Jadaliyya, andWorld Policy Blog. Nancy graduated from Barnard College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economic History and Middle Eastern Studies. She is currently a research analyst at Cornell University’s Institute for Compensation Studies, focusing on Egyptian political economy and modern social history.

Ashraf Khalil has covered the Middle East for theWall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, the Times of Londonand, The Economist. He worked as a correspondent for theLos Angeles Times in Baghdad and Jerusalem and has been based in Cairo for most of the last fifteen years. He is an Egyptian-American and a graduate of Indiana University. His first book,Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation, was recently published by St. Martin’s Press in January 2012.

Samah Selim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures at Rutgers University. Her research focuses mainly on modern Arabic Literature (19th/20th century) in Egypt and the Levant. Her book,The Novel and the Rural Imaginary in Egypt,1880-1985, explores the relationship between the rise of the novel genre, the politics of nationalist representation and the peasant question over the course of the 20th century in Egypt. Dr. Selim, who is also a practicing literary translator, is currently at work on a book about translation, modernity and popular fiction in early 20th century Egypt.

Menna Khalil is an independent researcher and writer working between the Middle East and the United States. She holds an MA in International Human Rights Law from the American University in Cairo and a BA in International Studies, French, and Economic Theory from DePaul University in Chicago. Menna’s academic interests in anthropological approaches to language, sensorial mediation, and narrative production have guided her work on translation and forms of storytelling. She has been carrying out ethnographic work on the relationship between citizens and the Egyptian army following the ouster of former President Mubarak.

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