Ibrahim El Houdaiby

Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Program

Areas of Expertise

  • Islamic movements
  • Democratization and political economy of the Middle East


English, French


Email: houdaiby@af.dgap.org


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Ibrahim El Houdaiby is a political researcher and author. He formerly worked as a senior researcher at the House of Wisdom Foundation for Strategic Studies in Cairo. As a graduate of the American University in Cairo (2005), he holds a BA in political science and an MA in political science and development studies (2012). He also earned a diploma in Islamic studies and an MA in Islamic Sharia from the High Institute of Islamic Studies.

He writes a weekly column for the Arabic daily Al-Shorouk, and is an English-language freelance columnist for Al-Ahram Online. He is currently studying for a PhD in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University, New York.


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Selected Publications

The Egyptian Interregnum
The high cost of suppressing change
by Ibrahim El Houdaiby
DGAPkompakt 6 (February 2016), 6 pp.
The Egyptian Interregnum
Five years after the ouster of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, the alliance backing Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is fragile to the point of collapse. A lack of overarching vision is leading to unprecedented levels of politicization, fragmentation, discord, and violation of the law within the state apparatus. While the regime asks for patience as it pursues “stability,” “state building,” and a relentless “war on terrorists,” it seems to be taking a path with just two possible outcomes: total collapse or slow decay.
Category: Democratization/System Change, Egypt, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Beyond the Crisis
A Roadmap for Reconciliation in Egypt
by Ibrahim El Houdaiby
DGAPkompakt 9, June 12, 2014, 6 pp.
Beyond the Crisis
With the election of a new president, Egypt has reached another milestone in its roadmap for transition, but democracy and peace are still a long way off. The election of Abdul Fattah el-Sisi, former Minister of Defense, is likely to further complicate the country’s political crisis, since the Muslim Brotherhood holds him responsible for last year’s succession of massacres. Continued polarization fans political violence, impeding stability and much-needed economic growth.
Category: Internal Conflicts, Egypt
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