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[Arirang TV] 2013-08-21

Prime Talk: Dr. Jang Ji-hyang on Turmoil in Egypt

2013-08-21 - Arirang Interview - Turmoil in Egypt

 

For an expert’s take on the deadly power struggle between the interim military government and opponents in the Muslim Brotherhood, we are joined by Dr. Jang Ji-Hyang, Director of Middle East & North Africa Center at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in the studio.
Hosni Mubarak Egypt’s leader for 30 years before the Arab Spring will be released from captivity Meanwhile after deposing Egypt’s first democratically elected president last month the interim military leadership has arrested the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader.
Who really has legitimate authority here?

Curfews. Crackdowns on protest camps. And now the arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader. Are these victories for the interim leaders? And is this an accurate representation of the will of the people?

Ever since the military took over the country early in July the international community has been dancing around whether to call this a military coup and how to respond.
European foreign ministers are holding a meeting on the Egyptian crisis, and the U.S. is closely watching the situation unfolding in the region. To what extent should the international community intervene?

Korea had its own growing pains with its transition to democracy. Any transferable advice for Egypt?

Dr. Jang thank you so much for joining us tonight.

About Experts

Jang Ji-Hyang
Jang Ji-Hyang

Middle East and North Africa Program / Center for Regional Studies

Dr. JANG Ji-Hyang is a senior fellow in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Program at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Jang also serves as a policy advisor on Middle East issues to South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, Dr. Jang taught comparative and Middle East politics at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Ewha Woman’s University, and the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Her research interests include political Islam, Islamic finance, comparative democratization, and state-building. Dr. Jang is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions? (with Clement M. Henry (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan 2013) and a Korean translation of Fawaz Gerges’ Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy (Asan Institute 2011). Dr. Jang received a B.A. in Turkish studies and M.A. in political science from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin.