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Ismail Alexandrani

Former Visiting Arab Journalist


    February 1, 2015 — July 31, 2015

    Professional affiliation

    Columnist and Reporter, Masr Al-Arabia, Egypt

    Wilson Center Projects

    “The Security Policy in Sinai: US-Egyptian Common Interest or Postponed Expensive Bill?”

    Full Biography

    Ismail Alexandrani is a sociopolitical researcher, investigative journalist and expert in Egypt's extremities and Sinai affairs. He studies social and youth mobility, Islamist movements and the state-religion relation in Muslim societies, in parallel with his Human Rights activism. Alexandrani was a Visiting Arab Journalist Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center (from Feburary to July 2015), Fellow Researcher at Paris-based Arab Reform Initiative (since 2013), and a Regan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship alumni (International Forum for Democracy, Washington, D.C., 2012 - 2013).

    He won the Open Eye-Hany Darweesh Award for exceptional essay (Germany, 2014) and the Global Youth Essay on Democracy Contest (World Youth Movement for Democracy, 2009).

    Alexandrani's chapter "Violence in Sinai: the State's War on Society and Producing Terrorism" is published in Bernard Rougier and Stéphane Lacroix's eco-edited book 'l'Egypte en revolution(s)' (published by Presses Universitaires de France, Paris, 2015, and forthcoming in English, McMillan). His chapter on "Citizenship between Neo-Islamism and Post-Islamism" is in press in the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo NVIC's collective volume on "Islam, Citizenship and New Media", Leiden University's Brill, 2015.

    His reviewed papers and articles are published in several international and regional research institutions including CEIP's Sada, Munich University's Center for Applied Policy Research, Doha Institute, Al-Jazeera Center, and the Forum for Arab and International Relations. Alexandrani's journalistic reports and articles are published in Arabic, English and French in numerous local, regional and international platforms (i.e. Le Monde Diplomatique, Orient XXI, Ahram Hebdo, Safir Arabi, Jadaliyya, Comment Middle East, and others).