Podcast: Samer Shehata on Egypt's 'Deep State'

March 3, 2015

An audio recording from Samer Shehata, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies, University of Oklahoma and Michael C. Hudson, MEI Visiting Scholar, Spring 2015.

On March 3, 2015 at MEI, Professors Samer Shehata and Michael C. Hudson sat down to discuss the themes in Dr. Shehata's upcoming lecture in the Spring 2015 study group Rethinking the Arab State, led by Dr. Hudson, titled "The Resurgence of Egypt's 'Deep State'?" They explored the theme of the "deep state" in the study of Middle East politics, including the history of the term in Turkish politics and its usefulness in application to Egypt. They also spoke about current Egyptian politics and the US-Egypt relationship, noting resurgent authoritarian, quasi-military rule and lack of civilian authority or political space, as well as the drivers of US policy preferences towards autocrats.

Listen to the full recording of the conversation here:

For a recording of Dr. Shehata's full event, click here.

About Samer Shehata:

Samer S. Shehata is an Associate Professor of Middle East studies and the Middle East Studies Coordinator in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He has taught at Columbia, New York University, Georgetown University and the American University in Cairo. He is the author of Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt (2009) and the editor of Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change (2012). His articles have appeared in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Current HistoryMERIP, Middle East PolicyFolklore and as book chapters and encyclopedia articles. His analysis has been published in the New York TimesBoston Globe/International Herald Tribune, Salon, Slate, Arab Reform BulletinAl HayatAl Ahram Weekly and other publications.He has received numerous fellowships, including from the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation’s Middle East Research Competition, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Carnegie Foundation. Dr. Shehata has been interviewed by a wide range of media including CNN, BBC, PBS News Hour, NPR, Al Jazeera, New York Times, and many other outlets. He received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. (Politics) from Princeton University, where his dissertation won the Malcolm H. Kerr Award from the Middle East Studies Association.

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