Migration and Authoritarianism in Egypt

Can migration strengthen authoritarian rule? The fate of Egyptian governments has been tied to the success or otherwise of Egypt’s export of human capital over the course of the past sixty years, from Gamal Abdel Nasser to Hosni Mubarak and beyond.

In this talk, Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas identifies the wealth of domestic and foreign policy strategies that the Egyptian military regime employed in order to tie cross-border mobility to its own survival. In his book, The Politics of Migration in Modern Egypt: Strategies for Regime Survival in Autocracies, Dr Tsourapas draws on a wealth of previously-unavailable archival sources in Arabic and English, as well as extensive original interviews with Egyptian elites and policy-makers in order to produce a novel account of authoritarian politics in the Arab world.

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