Joshua Stacher to lead discussion about the uprising in Egypt



Caitlin Restelli

Joshua Stacher

Joshua Stacher, an Egypt specialist, will lead a discussion about the recent uprisings in the country tonight in Room 315 of the Student Center.

“My message is just to share my expertise and my insights into the uprisings in Egypt,” said Stacher, assistant professor of political science. “Of course, it is my interpretation, and people are allowed to see the problem differently.”

The Political Science Club and Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honors society, are co-hosting the event.

Within the past two weeks, Stacher received an invite to the National Security Council briefing at the White House to offer his insights. He has been quoted among CNN, NPR and Canadian Broadcastings and was published in Foreign Affairs on this issue.

“I’m hoping it will offer an informed ability to evaluate the prospects for democracy in Egypt,” said Julie Mazzei, faculty advisor for the Political Science Club and Pi Sigma Alpha. “I think there’s a lot of uninformed worry, and I know that informed people make better judgments.”

Stacher plans to provide a timeline of events that have happened in Egypt and the role U.S. foreign policy plays in the problem.

He said he wants to provide context to what people are seeing with the images coming out of Tahrir Square and also the latest developments with the Egyptian government. He will voice his expertise on where he sees the issue likely ending up.

There will be time for questions and answers as well.

“The important thing for me is that I’d just like to get people interested in what’s going on in the Middle East,” Stacher said. “Because it’s important for their lives and for making them good citizens.”

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