The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is at the centre of numerous investigations, which see international actors and policy makers tracking conflicts, resources and shifting alliances. Security and…
Dr Lucia Ardovini
Dr. Lucia Ardovini is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Middle East and North Africa Programme, Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI). Her research focuses on current trajectories of Islamist movements across the MENA region, with a special focus on the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. In particular, she is looking at the contemporary outcomes of the self-restructuring processes that the organization is undergoing, specifically in regards to the state-religion complex and Islamism’s role within the politics of resistance. Her research interests include political Islam, regime-society relations under authoritarianism, the politics of resistance and social transformations with unclear ends. Lucia received her PhD in International Relations from Lancaster University in 2017. Her thesis was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and explored the Muslim Brotherhood’s political evolution and year-long rule in Egypt. She is also a fellow at the Richardson Institute and part of the Carnegie-funded SEPAD: Sectarianism, Proxies & De-sectarianisation Project.
At the beginning of December 2018, Egypt-based news outlet Mada Masr revealed that sources from the office of Egyptian President al-Sisi’s office had disclosed the existence of plans already underway…Article by Dr. Lucia Ardovini