Centre for Global Affairs - Badr University in Cairo

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.

 

Vision

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.


Goals

  • 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.


Activities

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

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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.


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Ambassador Fatma Galal, Director

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

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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.


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Mohamed Wasfy, Events Coordinator/Researcher

Mohamed Wasfy, Events Coordinator/Researcher

mohamed.wasfy@buc.edu.eg

   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.


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Farah Rasmi, Non-Resident Researcher

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:

Research Paper

08-04-2021

Beyond the War – The History of French-Libyan Relations

In collaboration between the Badr University Centre for Global Affairs and the Atlantic Council. BUC nonresident researcher Farah Rasmi provides an overview of the diverse circumstances that led to France’s role in Libya.

Find out more on the different stances that France has taken throughout the conflict by reading Farah Rasmi’s “Beyond the War – The History of French-Libyan Relations”

Read the full research paper here: Beyond the War – The History of French Libyan Relations


Op-Ed

23-03-2021

How Far Women Can Women’s Grassroots Movements Go

Even though the world is now witnessing the actualization of gender parity in politics, as most countries strive to attain sustainable development goal 5 – realizing gender equality, there is still a long road ahead of States when it comes to securing female politicians in cyberspace against OGBV. 

Find out more by reading Christine Mounir’s Op-Ed: “How Far Women Can Women’s Grassroots Movements Go: The Role of Governance in Tackling OGBV in Politics.”

Read the full article here: How Far Women Can Women’s Grassroots Movements Go


Op-Ed

22-03-2021

The Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA): Another Brick in the Wall?

The Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) is a US-proposed Sunni military pact against Iran aiming to counter Iranian hegemony in the Middle East ; although proposed to promote peace by countering Iranian aggression.

Find out more about how MESA is threatening Middle Eastern regional security by destabilizing the balance of power in the region in Jouna Khaldoun’s research paper.


ورقة بحثية

16-03-2021

إنقاذ مصر من عتبة ندرة المياه –  مايسة فولي.

تعد ندرة المياه من أهم التحديات التي تواجه مصر. وفي هذا الصدد، يقترح البحث التالي أهم المشاريع والاستراتيجيات الفعالة، التي ان تم تفعيلها، من الجائز أن تحد من التداعيات السلبية لأزمة المياه

اقرأ المقال الكامل هنا:إنقاذ مصر من عتبة ندرة المياه.


Op-Ed

23-12-2020

On Climate Change

The threat of COVID-19 has been felt all across the world. But, finding solutions to the pandemic without integrating initiatives to solve the climate crisis would result in much more than just a wasted opportunity.

Find out more about how the world should merge climate action into its COVID-19 recovery plans in our researcher Tarek Abdelraouf’s paper.

Read the full article here: On Climate Change


ورقة بحثية

15-12-2020

تحولات السياسة الخارجية التركية تجاه المنطقة العربية – كتابة السفير عبد الرحمن صلاح.

يعرض السفير عبد الرحمن صلاح سفير مصر السابق بأنقرة، ورقة بحثية عن رؤيته للأسباب التي جعلت لتركيا دور حيوي وتأثير مباشر في قضايا الأمن القومي للعديد من كبريات الدول العربية.(الحرب في سوريا أو ليبيا، وفي الأزمة الخليجية-القطرية، وفي العراق وشرق المتوسط). كما تنتهي الورقة بطرح بعض التوصيات التي يمكن للدول العربية ومراكز البحوث النظر فيها لتحقيق حد أدني من الردع أمام مزيد من التدخل التركي في الدول العربية لصالح الإسلام السياسي، بالاضافة الى مواجهة محاولات توسيع النفوذ العثمانية الجديدة.

اقرأ المقال الكامل هنا:تحولات السياسة الخارجية التركية تجاه المنطقة العربية


Op-Ed

28-10-2020

Climate Consciousness: Progressing from Carbon Emissions

Climate change is widely considered to be the greatest threat to humanity. Countries are seeking innovative technologies and policies to curb the effects of climate change.

Read more about climate consciousness and the benefits of carbon taxing and green bonds in Tarek Abdelraouf’s paper.

Read the full article here: Climate Consciousness: Progressing from Carbon Emissions


Policy Paper

26-10-2020

Egypt: the pathway to corporate citizenship

Egypt’s focus on its Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) leaves an opportunity for corporations to emphasize their commitment towards the community.

Read more about corporate citizenship and how corporate social responsibility has affected the way corporations conduct their business in our society in Tarek Abdelraoufs first policy paper.

Read the full article here: Egypt: The Pathway to Corporate Citizenship


Op-Ed

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


Op-Ed

06-07-2020

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 Rasmi


Essay

18-04-2020

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

*This paper was originally part of a larger research project written at the University of Toronto


مقال رأي

12-04-2020

كيوفيد-19 حرب بيولوجية – كتابة محمد وصفي.

بكل الفخر ننشر ثاني مقال (لمركز أبحاث جامعة بدر بالقاهرة للدراسات الدولية) حول ملف فيروس كورونا المستجد وتأثيره على النظام الدولي واحتمالية نشوب نظام عالمي جديد.

اقرأ المقال الكامل هنا: كيوفيد-19 حرب بيولوجية


Op-Ed

18-03-2020

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


CGA – AC Briefing

23/03/2021

On the 23rd of March, 2021, the BUC Centre for Global Affairs (CGA), alongside the Atlantic Council held a virtual briefing led by Dr. C. Anthony Pfaff, the briefing revolved around  foreign interventionism. Dr. Pfaff’s presentation was titled “Intervention Ethics”.

The discussion focused on the issues and concerns surrounding intervention, just wars, and R2P: Responsibility to Protect, among others.

The briefing marked the first step in international collaborations for the BUC Centre for Global Affairs as the centre hopes to partner up and nurture relationships with other think tanks globally.

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بيان الدائرة المستديرة الخاصة بأهمية مراكز الابحاث

13/10/2020

عقد مركز أبحاث جامعة بدر مائدة مستديرة حول أهمية مراكز الأبحاث والفكر في مصر، وذلك يوم 13 أكتوبر 2020 الساعة 12 ظهراً. بحضور لفيفً من الرموز الأكاديمية والدبلوماسية ورؤساء مراكز الأبحاث والمفكرين.

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.بيان بشأن إمكانية تطبيق نظم القروض التعليمية

05/10/2020

عقد مركز جامعة بدر للدراسات الدولية حلقة نقاش عبر الانترنت حول إمكانية تطبيق نظم القروض التعليمية في مصر، وذلك يوم 5 أكتوبر 2020. شارك بالحديث كل من:-

١- أ/ سعيد صديق رئيس الإدارة المركزية للتخطيط والجودة، المشرف العام على موازنات التعليم ما قبل الجامعي.

٢- أ د/ صابر حسن رئيس قطاع التعليم بمؤسسة مصر الخير.

٣- أ/ مايسة عفان نائب مدير إدارة منتجات القروض الشخصية، البنك الاهلي المصري. 

تم تناول أهمية النظر في إقراض الطلبة لما له من أثر إيجابي في تنمية الشعور بالمسؤولية لدى الطالب وتحقيق المساواة المجتمعية و الشمول المالى وكذلك رفع العبء عن أولياء الأمور. كما تم تناول صعوبات إقراض الطلبة مباشرة نظرا  للتشريعات المالية التى تمنع  الإقراض لمن هم دون  ال21 عام. وضرورة قيام البنك المركزي بالنظر فى سبل البدء فى  نظم القروض التعليمية من قبل البنوك الخاصة والحكومية.

هذا وقد تم تناول بعض المقترحات من المتحدثين والضيوف مثل تعاون الجامعات الخاصة مع المؤسسات المدنية لتقديم قروض ومنح دراسية. وإنشاء صندوق خاصة بالتعليم، وتطبيق نظم القروض التعليمية بضمان الطلبة لتحمل المسؤولية وتخفيف الأعباء عن أولياء الأمور. بالاضافة الى مساهمة رجال الأعمال والمستثمرين والشركات الخاصة والبنوك بتغطية جزء من القروض التعليمية، ومناقشة تعديل القانون الخاص بالاقتراض. وان نظم القروض التعليمية هدفها هو المساواة وتوفير التعليم للجميع.

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.حلقة نقاش حول مستقبل التعليم المصري عقب الجائحة (كوفيد-19)

20/07/2020

عقد مركز جامعة بدر للدراسات الدولية حلقة نقاش عبر تطبيق zoom  حول مستقبل التعليم فى مصر بعد الجائحة وذلك يوم ٢٠ يوليو ٢٠٢٠.  شارك بالحديث كلا من:-

  1. أ د/ أحمد الجوهري رئيس الجامعة المصرية اليابانية.
  2. أ د/ مصطفى كمال رئيس جامعة بدر.
  3.   د/ شيرين النجار أستاذة بجامعة نورث كارولينا.

        :وتم تناول النقاط التالية

* تقييم التعليم عن بعد من حيث انخفاض التكلفة مقارنة بالتعليم التقليدي، وتجنب مشكلة التكدس فى الفصول وامكانية التوسع في الفترات الدراسية وإضافة مواد دراسية جديدة. 

* الصعوبات التى يواجهها الطلبة ذوي الإمكانيات المحدودة وقاطني المناطق النائية  مع تطبيق التعلم عن بعد. 

* صعوبة تعلم العلوم التطبيقية من خلال التعليم عن بعد.

* لم يعتاد الطلبة على التعليم عن بعد وقد بدى ذلك من نسبة المشاركة والتفاعل اثناء المحاضرات.

* أهمية تطوير البنية التحتية لشبكة الإنترنت لضمان نجاح التعليم عن بعد إذا كان التوجه نحو استبدال التعليم المباشر به مع وضع استثناءات للعلوم التطبيقية.

* السواد الأعظم من المجتمع المصري لا يدين  السرقة الاكاديمية (plagiarism) بل يرى أنها  ظاهرة طبيعية ولذلك يصعب التقييم عن طريق الأبحاث. 

* أهمية المناهج التعليمية  التي تنمي المهارات الحياتية. 

:الخلاصة 

تمكنت المنظومة التعليمية فى مصر من مواجه تحد الجائحة  المفاجيء.كما  استفادت من تجربة التعليم عن بعد إلا أن اتفقت الآراء على أنه  لا يكفى لتقييم وتخرج الطلبة بالمحتوى العلمي الشامل ومن المرجح عودة الانشطة التعليمية تدريجياً بعد الجائحة كما كانت من قبل مع  تطوير أساليب التعليم عن بعد و المناهج الدراسية. 

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Contact CGA at:

‎+20 120 448 0115

cga@buc.edu.eg

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Address: Badr university, Badr City, Cairo, Egypt

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