Nathan J. Brown, George Washington University

Egypt's Constitutional Future

Tue, 12/10/2013
6:00 PM
Graduate Students
Policy Students

The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA students to join us for  Law in the Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers, where our guests will be Nathan J. Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University, to discuss "Egypt's Constitutional Future."

This event is by invitation only. If interested, please e-mail Judi Rivkin at

Professor Brown writes:  "The committee drafting a series of amendments to Egypt's 2012 constitution is revising that document so extensively that it is in essence preparing an entirely new document.  Promising to complete its work in early December, the committee's work should be the basis for a referendum by the end of the year.  How likely is the new constitution likely to serve as the basis for a stable and democratic political order?"

Nathan J. Brown received his B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. in politics and Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. He teaches courses on Middle Eastern politics, as well as more general courses on comparative politics and international relations. Professor Brown is the recipient of Fulbright grants to study in Egypt and the Gulf and teach in Israel. He also served two years as Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Brown’s latest book, When Victory Is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics, was published by Cornell University Press in early 2012. His current work focuses on Islamist movements and their role in politics in the Arab world.  In addition to his academic work, Brown has served on advisory committees for Human Rights Watch and the committees drafting the Palestinian and Iraqi constitutions. He has also served as a consultant to USAID, the United Nations Development Program, and several NGOs.  Brown is the author of Resuming Arab Palestine (University of California Press, 2003); Constitutions in a Non-Constitutional World: Arab Basic Laws and Prospects for Accountable Government (SUNY Press, 2001); and The Rule of Law in the Arab World: Courts in Egypt and the Arab States of the Gulf (Cambridge University Press, 1997).