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Once Upon a Revolution: An Egyptian Story

Watch TCF fellow and Egyptian Revolution expert Thanassis Cambanis discuss the recent passing of Egyptian woman Shaima El-Sabbagh at the hands of Egyptian protest police. Cambanis comments in the interview that the death of El-Sabbagh confirms that Egypt remains in a delicate and rocky political state.

Tags: police reform, el-sisi, egyptian revolution, egyptian protests, egyptian politics, arab spring

Bloom Of Arab Spring Fades In Egypt

NPR's Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins talks with TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis about his book, Once Upon A Revolution and the effort to build a new political order in Egypt. Listen to the interview here and read some excerpts from Chapter 1 from the book.

Read the book excerpt here.

Tags: international relations, egyptian uprisings, egypt, arab spring

The Final Betrayal of Egypt’s Revolution

The 2011 Egyptian Revolution made global news when it succeeded in toppling then-dictator Hosni Mubarak. TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis writes on the series of protests and revolts by Egyptian civilians that succeeded in toppling several regimes in just a few years through an intricate narrative titled "Once Upon A Revolution." In this Foreign Policy excerpt of the book, the two individuals who Thanassis followed are highlighted as we see the revolutionary actions unfolding:

“I don’t care who will lead the country. We just want Morsi to leave,” said a lady in a fine tailored dress, sipping tea on a terrace near the presidential palace on a break from chanting.

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Tags: mubarak, morsi, foreign policy, egyptian uprisings, egyptian revolution

Library Journal Review Out

TCF fellow and award-winning journalist Thanassis Cambanis has received acclaim for his newly released book (1.20.2015) titled "Once Upon A Revolution: An Egyptian Story." Cambanis chronicles two unique and diverse revolutionary movement leaders and tells their story throughout the protests happening in 2011 during the Egyptian uprising. The Library Journal Review has called the book "A welcome addition to the literature on Egypt's uprising and a solid source for the general reader."


Read the remainder of the reviews and purchase the book here.

Tags: mubarak, international relations, egyptian revolutions, arab spring

Two Unlikely Revolutionaries in Tahrir Square

Thanassis Cambanis, TCF fellow and award-winning journalist, speaks on WNYC's "The Leonard Lopate Show" about his recently released book from publisher Simon & Schuster about individuals fighting for change in Egypt. The book, "Once Upon A Revolution," which was released on January 20th, 2015, profiles two radically different dissidents to show each of their protesting journey's in 2011 during the Egyptian Revolution. Listen to the interview here:

Read the description and listen to the interview here.

Tags: protests, once upon a revolution, egyptian uprisings, arab spring

Is Egypt on the Verge of Another Uprising?

TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis explains how the newest Egyptian regime headed by Sisi is slightly better than the authoritarian regimes throughout history. Egypt still has a long way to go however before reaching peace with the Egyptian public. Cambanis says Sisi governs not with a handful of religious figures or wealthy confidantes, but instead with his military advisors. Egyptian civilians have said that they are still not happy with the way things are going in society and will plan to revolt in the future if living conditions continue to decline.

Six months ago there was huge popular happiness with Sisi’s performance. Now already it is less,” said Ahmed Imam, a spokesman for Strong Egypt, one of the few active political opposition parties left in the country. “I believe in another six months you will find rage, and the rage will become public.

Read Cambanis' full article from The Atlantic here.

Tags: military rule, leadership, el-sisi, egyptian uprisings, egypt


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