On 13 November 2013, Professor Amr HAMZAWY gave a lecture at the Natolin campus of the College of Europe as part of the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair lecture series. The lecture was entitled "Is Egypt’s Democratic Transition Failing?" and was followed by a Q&A session and a buffet dinner. The language of the event was English.
Professor HAMZAWY is the President of the Misr El Hurreya (Freedom Egypt) party in Egypt. He is a former member of the People’s Assembly after having been elected in the first parliamentary elections in Egypt after the 25 January 2011 revolution. Also, Professor HAMZAWY is a former Member of the National Council for Human Rights and of the National Salvation Front.
Professor HAMZAWY is Professor at the Department of Public Policy and Administration of the American University in Cairo. Prior to that, he served as Research Director of the Middle East Center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Beirut, Lebanon and worked as Senior Associate of the Carnegie Endowment in Washington D.C.. For many years, he taught political science at Cairo University and the Free University of Berlin. Professor HAMZAWY studied political science and developmental studies in Cairo, The Hague and Berlin. His many academic writings include books on Arab political thought, democracy, human rights and Islamism. Among them are:
- 2010: Between Religion and Politics, co-authored with Nathan BROWN, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C. and Beirut.
- 2010: The Arab Future: Debates on Democracy, Political Islam, and Resistance (Arabic), Dar an-Nahar, Beirut.
- 2008: Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices, University of Pennsylvania Press, Pennsylvania, United States.
- 2005: Contemporary Arab Political Thought: The Dialectics of Continuity and Change (German), Schriften des Deutschen Orient-Instituts, Hamburg.
- 2003: Religion, State, and Politics in the Near East: An Essay Collection for Prof. Dr. Friedemann Buettner, Lit Verlag, Muenster.