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 Global Affairs Center’ 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 of 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 notable impact through unbiased and dependable research that addresses current issues and predicts possible crises. Our work aims to provide governments, policymakers, 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 recommendations, and organizing 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
Senior Advisor to the Board of Trustees:
Major General Mohamed Elkeshky
A 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 through acquiring a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University (NDU).
Throughout his career, MG Elkeshky served in several 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 command of a battalion during the Gulf War (1991) and his appointment as the head of the Military Attaché Association in Washington DC, which included all nations represented in the United States.
MG Elkeshky’s pivotal role in foreign relations and the military was recognized 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 many other awards.
Ambassador Fatma Galal, Director
Ambassador 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.
Tarek Abdelraouf, Researcher
Tarek Abdelraouf graduated with a Master of Arts in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Risk and Corporate Responsibility from Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
During his time in the United States of America, Tarek spent his undergraduate and graduate years working in different capacities with different organisations such as The International Rescue Committee, The Impact Economy Foundation, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami; he was also a board member for the United Nations Association of Miami Chapter.
Tarek’s research interests are in: The Sustainable Development Goals, Impact Economy, Education, Sustainability and Public policy, among others.
Mohamed Wasfy, Events Coordinator/Researcher
Mohamed 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.
He 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.
After 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.
Farah Rasmi, Non-Resident Researcher
Farah 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.
Rasmi 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)
Toward Building a Sustainable Egypt by Farah Rasmi
In 2015, Egypt presented its Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) Vision 2030 that aimed to implement major economic and social changes that would guarantee sustainable growth.
Read more about the SDS, how Egypt has developed its economy, and how the pandemic has affected its sustainability plans in Farah Rasmi’s most recent article: Towards Building a Sustainable Egypt
Read the full article here: Toward Building a Sustainable Egypt – Farah Rasmi
Globalization Beyond the Economy by Farah Rasmi
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 globalization 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 globalization.
Read the full article here: Globalisation Beyond the Economy – Farah Rasmii
Understanding Conspiracy Theories by Farah Rasmi
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 eliminates 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
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
Contact CGA at:
+20 120 448 0115
Address: Badr university, Badr City, Cairo, Egypt