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Democratic transition challenges: Egypt in a comparative perspective

Conferences - 28 May 2011

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The EU Institute for Security Studies and the Arab Forum for Alternatives organised a conference in Cairo entitled ‘Democratic transition challenges: Egypt in comparative perspective" in collaboration with CERSS,  CIDOB, CITpax, IEEI, the Portuguese Institute for Development Assistance, and the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. 

The seminar brought together Egyptians and experts from Spain and Portugal, alongside experts from India, Turkey, Tunisia and Morocco to draw on the countries’ respective democratic transition experiences and to see how these can be of use to Egypt. 

Egypt finds itself in an extraordinary moment. While it is broadly recognised that Egypt is an individual case with its own specific needs, lessons learned from other countries can be of use in identifying and discussing democratic transition challenges. It is not only Egypt, however, that has experienced a painful transition period, but other countries such as Spain and Portugal have also faced similar difficulties. The conference focused on issues such as constitutional reform, organising elections, security sector reform, building new political parties, meeting social demands and the integrations of Islamists into the political process where discussed. 

But the EU also finds itself in an extraordinary moment. As an international political actor it should share its know-how and experience of democratic transition and respond to the changing economic and societal needs.

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    Alvaro de Vasconcelos, Director, EUISS; Conference:Democratic Transition Challenges: Egypt in...

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In the Media / Comments

  • EUISS Cairo conference was mentioned in Daily News Egypt:

    30 May 2011

    The conference titled “Democratic Transition Challenges: Egypt in a Comparative Perspective,” the Arab Forum for Alternatives (AFA) in collaboration with the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), posed a comparative analysis of the democratic transition by providing examples from Spain, Portugal, and India, in addition to examining other issues of concern in the Egyptian arena.
    The Daily News Egypt

  • EUISS Cairo Conference was mentioned by

    21 May 2011

    Parlamentarios y expertos en relaciones internacionales de España y Portugal compartieron hoy con analistas y políticos egipcios la experiencia de sus transiciones democráticas en un congreso en El Cairo para analizar los principales desafíos a los que tendrá que hacer frente el Egipto post-revolucionario.

  • Report 'The Arab democratic wave: how the EU can seize the moment' was cited in the Algerian press

    16 March 2011

    Le rapport de l’Institut d’Etudes et de Sécurité européen conseille également aux forces démocratiques en Algérie de tirer les conclusions de “l’échec de la transition algérienne” après la révolte d’octobre 88. Pour les experts européens, cette révolte “était un enseignement pour chacun : l’effondrement de l’État-FLN ne s’était pas accompagné du succès des forces politiques porteuses d’un projet démocratique, mais de celui du Front islamique du salut et de son projet d’État islamique”. 

    El Watan