Centre for Global Affairs
Badr University in Cairo’s Centre for Global Affairs is an independent research, analysis, and consulting think tank in Egypt. First of its kind, it aims to present world affairs from a non-partisan and uniquely Egyptian perspective.
The BUC Centre for Global Affairs’ mission is to present an unbiased, socially responsible body of research that fosters dialogue and contributes to decision and policy-making, both locally and globally.
The Centre for Global Affairs aims to:
- Raise Political Awareness
The Centre strives to raise political awareness on local and international levels by fostering dialogue and debates on all issues pertaining to Egyptian and Global Affairs
- Present Transparent and Ground-Breaking Research
The Centre works on fostering an open-minded environment that will enable our experts to produce ground-breaking and strategically important research for a peaceful and sustainable future.
- Consult on and Contribute to Policy and Decision Making
The Centre aims to have a palpable impact through unbiased and dependable research that addresses current issues and predicts possible crises. Our work aims to provide governments, policy-makers, as well as the private sectors with sufficient information to build a secure and prosperous world.
- Build Future Leadership
The Centre aims to prepare the next generation of experts and leaders by equipping them with analytical and problem-solving skills necessary to influence future policies on the most pressing political issues.
The Centre achieves its goals by conducting research, providing policy recommendation and organising events (panel discussions, roundtables, seminars, lectures, etc.) on issues relating to local and global political events.
The Centre’s work features issues relating to:
- Global Affairs: National Political Elections, International Institutions, Environmental Politics, Refugees & Migration, and International Development
- Security: Extremism and Radicalism, Cybersecurity, Counterinsurgency, Military Strategies, Defence, and Intelligence
- Economics: Global Economic Governance and Trade & International Business
Globalisation Beyond the Economy by Farah Rasmi 06-07-2020
Protectionist economic measures and nationalist politics have created a seismic shift in the global world order, causing concerns and theories such as Westlessness and Slowbalisation to emerge. Today, many believe that economic globalisation is on the verge of collapse.
In this Op-Ed, Farah Rasmi explores issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and their effect on the future of globalisation.
Read the full article here: Globalisation Beyond the Economy – Farah Rasmi
Understanding Conspiracy Theories by Farah Rasmi 18-04-2020
Conspiracy theories have taken over the internet, people seem to disagree on the very existence of the virus, let alone its origins. If anything, self-isolation appears to have increased the speed at which conspiracies spread as everyone shares and retweets any and all information regardless of the source or its credibility. However, the term ‘conspiracy theories’ has been overused in a haphazard manner that does nothing but eliminate the possibility of finding the truth. In order to understand any theory and deem it a conspiracy, one has to first grasp what the term means and why humans are so prone to believing and leaning towards them.
Read the full essay here: Understanding Conspiracy theories – Farah Rasmi
Waiting On Westlessness by Farah Rasmi 18-03-2020
For this year’s Munich Security Conference (MSC), the organisers coined the term “Westlessness” in an attempt to describe the existential crisis Western nations seem to be facing as of late. The term represents the sense of “widespread feeling of uneasiness and restlessness” as the West’s purpose in the world comes under scrutiny. In this Op-Ed, Farah Rasmi explores the meaning of Westlessness, what was discussed at the conference, and what the future of the West might look like.
Read the full article here: Waiting on Westlessness – Farah Rasmi
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Major General Mohamed Elkeshky, Senior Advisor to the BUC Board of Trustees
SPACEA decorated military veteran, Major General Mohamed Elkeshky is a seasoned leader and diplomat with extensive experience in military strategy and foreign relations. He capped his venerable military career in the Egyptian Army as the Deputy Defense Minister of External Affairs. MG Elkeshky complemented his military career by completing military studies in Egypt and the United States, acquiring a Master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University (NDU).
SPACEThroughout his career, MG Elkeshky served in a number of distinguished positions, most prominently as the Commander of the Artillery Military Zone, Defense Attaché to the United States and Canada, and Deputy Defense Attaché in London. His career included critical posts such as the commander of battalion in Desert Storm (1991) and his election as the head of the Military Attaché Association in Washington DC, which included more than 160 attachés from across the globe.
SPACEMG Elkeshky’s pivotal role in foreign relations and the military was recognised both internationally and locally. Awarded the Legion of Merit from the President of the United States (2013), MG Elkeshky is the only Egyptian foreign national ever awarded this honor. He also received the Order of the Republic award from the Egyptian government as well as a number of other awards.
Ambassador Fatma Galal, Director
SPACEAmbassador Galal is a former career diplomat with over 38 years of experience in international relations and global affairs, with special interest in technical cooperation and human resource development. Ambassador Galal was the Assistant Foreign Minister for Judicial Affairs as well as Secretary General for the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa. She represented Egypt in numerous postings including Ambassador to Singapore, Consul General to Australia in Melbourne, and Deputy Head of Mission in London as well as numerous international conferences.
Farah Rasmi, Research Analyst
SPACEFarah Rasmi graduated with a Master of Arts in European and Russian Affairs from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Her research focuses on European affairs as well as the impact of political violence on civilian populations, namely the study of extremism and radicalism.
SPACERasmi has extensive research experience and previously interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in West Africa, worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Toronto, and at the Political Capital Institute in Hungary.
Her publications include:
- “The Rise of the Canadian Far-Right” Political Capital Institute (2018-06-20)
- “Morality and Justice: Trials of the Immorally Obedient” Eurasiatique Journal (2019)
Mohamed Wasfy, Research Analyst
SPACEMohamed Wasfy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the British University in Egypt. He started his career by interning at the League of Arab States. He then volunteered as an Office Member of the Secretary General of the Arab League.
SPACEHe also worked at International Club, a think tank affiliated with the Egyptian government, and interned at the United States Congress in Washington D.C., where, among other tasks, he conducted official interviews with Senators.
SPACEAfter graduating, he worked as a Senior Researcher at Egypt’s Economic Forum, where he was responsible for national security cases and the organisation of high profile events.