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The Changing Face of Authoritarian Politics in Egypt

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This talk examines how authoritarian rule in Egypt has evolved under the rule of Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, who is about to embark on his third term as president. It analyzes important shifts that Sisi’s political apparatus and governance strategies have undergone in the past decade and situates them in the economic and geopolitical challenges the country has confronted in recent years.

About the Speaker

Hesham Sallam is a senior research scholar at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (DDRL), where he serves as associate director for research. He is also associate director of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy.


This program is in-person only. If you have symptoms of illness (coughing, fever, etc.), we ask that you either stay home or wear a mask. 

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Wed, Mar 6 / 7:00 PM PST

Los Altos Library
13 S San Antonio Rd
Los Altos, CA 94022
United States


Hesham Sallam

Senior Research Scholar and Associate Director of Research, Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law; Associate Director, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy


6:30 p.m. doors open
7–8:30 p.m program
(all times Pacific Time)


Free; pre-registration not required. Seating capacity is limited to 100, so please arrive early to ensure a seat.