Asan in the News

[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

Center for Regional Studies

Dr. JANG Ji-Hyang is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Middle East and North Africa at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Jang served as a policy advisor on Middle East issues to South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012-2018). 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 economy of the Middle East and North Africa, political Islam, comparative democratization, terrorism, and state-building. Dr. Jang is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Essential Guide to the Middle East (Sigongsa 2023 in Korean), The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions?(with Clement M. Henry (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan 2013), “Disaggregated ISIS and the New Normal of Terrorism” (Asan Issue Brief 2016), “Islamic Fundamentalism” (International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences 2008) 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.