Dr. Hala Mustafa C.V

Democracy Review,Al Ahram Foundation,Al-Galaa Street,
Cairo - Egypt
Fax: + (202) 2770-5238


Ph.D. in Political Science (Comparative Politics) Cairo University, Faculty of Economics and Political Science


M.A. in Political Science Cairo University, Faculty of Economics and Political Science


B.A. in Political Science Cairo University, Faculty of Economics and Political Science


High School Diploma, the French School in Cairo "La Mere De Dieu".


Arabic (Natal Language), English, French

Professional Career:

  • Editor-in-Chief of Al-Ahram's political quarterly Democracy Review (Al-Dimuqratia), issued from 2000 to the present. The journal is dedicated to analysis of democratic developments worldwide.

  • Director, Political Department, Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic, (1994-2000)

  • Visiting Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (Fall 2003) and (April-May 2006) Washington, DC

  • Author and Political Writer See list of publications

  • Written op-eds, editorials and journal articles in a variety of publications, including The Washington Post, the Financial Times, Current History, and other American Newspapers & Journals.

  • Columnist for Al-Ahram Daily(Arabic).
    Addressing issues including Democratization and Reform Policies, Islamic fundamentalism, Islam and the West in the Arab and Muslim world, American policy and strategy in the Middle East

  • Visiting Lecturer
    The Institute of Diplomatic Training, (Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs); Nasser Egyptian Military Academy; Postgrad. Dept, Faculty of Econ. And Pol. Sciences, (Cairo Univ).


Supreme Council for Policy Planning of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, Arab Thought Forum( Amman, Jordan), Advisory Board of Al-Ahram’s quarterly “International Politics,” (Al-Siyassa Al-Dawliya)

Scholarships and Awards:

Academic Scholarship, "Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Fondation Nationale de Sciences Politiques,” Paris, France (1986-1987).

Academic Scholarship to the University of Maryland, U.S.A. (1983)

Policy Papers:

"A Policy for Promoting Liberal Democracy in Egypt", Foundation for Defense of Democracies, FDD, Washington D.C, May 2006.

"Egypt: Towards a New, Liberal Alternative," Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, April 2006.

"Nurturing Anti-Americanism in Egypt, Towards Revising U.S/Egyptian Relations", The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 2006. .

"Promoting Political Reform in Egypt: Meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice," The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 22, 2006. .

"The Status of Democracy in Egypt," Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Annual Weinberg Founder’s Conference. September 2005, Lansdowne, VA.

"Arab Liberals and Arab Democracy: Strategies of Moderates in Contesting Elections," Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Policy Forum. September 2005, Washington, DC.

"Towards a Third Way in the Arab World," Introduction to lecture by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on "Promoting Democracy in the Middle East." The American University in Cairo, (June 20, 2005). Democracy Review, July 2005.

Selected Articles:

"The Curtains are Drawn Open in Egypt," (with Augusts Richard Norton), The Daily Star, April 4, 2007. .

"Let's help Egypt get democratic," (with Augustus Richard Norton), Newsday, February 17, 2007. .

"Stalled Reform: The Case of Egypt," Current History, January 2007, Vol. 106, No. 696, U.S.A. .

"Blaming Hamas Sidesteps Regional Realities," The Financial Times, May 17, 2006.

"Ending the Silent War in Egypt," The Washington Post, December 24, 2005.

"Dubious Democracy on the Nile," The Washington Post, November 5, 2005.

"Building Arab Democracy," (with David Makovsky), the Washington Post, November 18, 2003.

"The Game of Politicizing Religion," Editorial, Democracy Review, April 2007. .

"Egypt Constitutional Reform, Islamism versus Secular Liberalism," Editorial, Democracy Review, January 2007. .

"Naguib Mahfouz: Grand Defender of Freedom," Editorial, Democracy Review, October 2006. .

"The US within Egyptian Political Debate," Editorial, Democracy Review, July 2006. .

"The Real Dilemma of Islam and the West," Editorial, Democracy Review, April 2006. .

"Egypt's Press Casts a Dim Light," Editorial, Democracy Review, January 2006.

"After a Taste of Democracy, Challenges Remain," Editorial, Democracy Review, October 2005. .

"Towards the Culture of Diversity," Editorial, Democracy Review, July 2005.

"It takes two to tango," Editorial, Democracy Review, April 2005. "The Return of the Spirit, and the Return of Awareness," Editorial, Democracy Review, January 2005. .

"No farewell to the middle class," Editorial, Democracy Review, October 2004. .

"No to Terrorism," Al-Ahram Weekly, August 4-10, 2005.

"Confronting Past and Present," Al-Ahram Weekly, April 21-27, 2005.

"End of Stagnation," Al-Ahram Weekly, March 24-30, 2005.


"In Support of Arab Democracy: Why and How?" Council on Foreign Relations (U.S.A.) Task Force Report. Chaired by Madeleine K. Albright and VIN Weber, June 2005. .

"Islam and the West in an Era of Globalization, Clash of Civilization or Coexistence?" in: Nezar Al-Sayyed and Mannuel Castells (eds.), Muslim Europe or Euro-Islam Political Culture and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization," Lexington Books, New York, 2002 (English) .

"Islam and the West, Dilemma of Coexistence," The General Egyptian Book Organization, Cairo, Egypt, 2002 (Arabic) .

"The State Will Stay," in: "The State in the Middle East: is Still There?" Edited by: Richard Norton, Boston University Press, 2001(English) .

“The Egyptian Parliamentary Election-2000," Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Cairo, Egypt (Arabic) .

"The Political Parties' System in Egypt," Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Cairo, 2000 (Arabic) .

"Development of Democracy in the Middle East," in: “Egypt and the Middle East,” Cairo, Ministry of Defense, 2000 (Arabic) .

"The Egyptian Political System and the Democratization Process: Some Contemporary Issue's" MERIT, P.H., Cairo, Egypt, 1999 (Arabic) .

"Democracy and Elections in Egypt: 1995," Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Al-Ahram Foundation, Cairo, Egypt 1996 (Arabic) .

"State Strategies towards the Islamic Opposition in Egypt, during Presidents Sadat and Mubarak's Eras," El-Mahrousa p.h., Cairo, 1995, S.eds.1997 (Arabic) .

"The Challenge of Militant Islam. Islamist Movement under Mubarak," in: "The Islamist Dilemma," London: Ithaca Press, 1995 (Two Versionsm English and Italian) .

“La resistible ascension du courant islamiste en Egypte," in: "Geopolitique des mouvements islamistes en Mediterranee," Confluences mediterranee Revue trimestrielle N 12 Automne 1994, Publiee avec le concours du Centre national du livre, Editions L Harmattan, Paris, France,1994 (French) .

"Political Islam in Egypt: From the Reformist Trend to Violent Groups," Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Cairo, 1992, S.eds, 1999 (Arabic) .

"Les Forces Islamistes et l'Experience Democratique en Egypte," in: Democratie et Democratistation dans le monde Arabe, Le Caire: CEDEJ, 1992 (Two versions, French and Arabic) .