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Book Launch: “Lumbering State, Restless Society: Egypt in the Modern Era”

Lumbering State, Restless Society: Egypt in the Modern Era


Lumbering State, Restless Society offers a comprehensive and compelling understanding of modern Egypt as readers are guided through crucial developments in Egyptian politics, society, and economics from the middle of the twentieth century through the present. Integrating diverse perspectives and areas of expertise, including the tools of comparative politics, the book provides an accessible and clear introduction to the Egypt of today alongside an innovative and rigorous analysis of the country’s history and governance.

The Elliott School Book Launch Series is proud to present a virtual discussion of the book featuring the co-editors Nathan Brown and Amr Adly, as well as remarks by Dean Alyssa Ayres of the Elliott School.



  • Nathan Brown is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University where he teaches courses on Middle Eastern politics, comparative politics, and international relations. He has previously served as an advisor for the committee drafting the Palestinian constitution, USAID, the United Nations Development Program, and several NGOs. He has been named a Guggenheim Fellow as well as a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Dr. Brown's previous research was funded by the United States Institute of Peace and two Fulbright fellowships. He received his Ph.D. in Politics and Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University.

  • Amr Adly is Assistant Professor in the department of political science at The American University in Cairo (AUC). He has worked as a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research centered on political economy, development studies, and economic sociology of the Middle East, with a focus on Egypt. Dr. Adly is the author of Cleft Capitalism: the Social Origins of Failed Market-Making in Egypt (Stanford University Press, 2020) and State Reform and Development in the Middle East: the Cases of Turkey and Egypt (Routledge, 2012). He has been published in journals such as Geoforum, Business and Politics, Turkish Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Political Economy from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

  • Alyssa Ayers is the Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Her work focuses primarily on India’s role in the world and on U.S. relations with South Asia in the larger Indo-Pacific. Before joining the Elliott School, she was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia under the Obama administration. She holds a Ph.D. in South Asian Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago.