Washington Post Opinions today announced that it has selected Ezzedine C. Fishere as its next Jamal Khashoggi fellow. Fishere, an Egyptian scholar, novelist and former diplomat, will write columns in the Global Opinions section on autocracy, freedom of expression, shifting politics and social and economic aspirations in the Middle East and North Africa.

He is the second recipient of the fellowship which The Post established earlier this year in honor of the columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year. The fellowship provides an independent platform for writers from parts of the world where freedom of expression is threatened or suppressed.

“As repression continues in Egypt and the political dynamics in the region continue to shift, we are pleased to add Ezzedine’s perspective to help make sense of it all,” said Eli Lopez, Senior Global Opinions Editor. “He will draw from his experience as a writer, career diplomat and academic to contextualize the state of regional politics and highlight paths for progress.”

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Fishere is a visiting professor at Dartmouth College, where he has taught courses on Middle East politics and culture since 2016. He previously taught in the Political Science department of the American University in Cairo.

During the period of the Arab Spring, Fishere served as an advisor to pro-democracy movements and political candidates including Mohamed Elbaradei (2011-2013) and Hamdeen Sabahi (2014). He worked for the Egyptian Foreign Service and the United Nations missions in the Middle East. He directed the Arab-Israeli project at the International Crisis Group (2007 - 2008), and worked as a counselor to the Egyptian foreign minister (2005 – 2007). He served as a political adviser at the United Nations Missions in Sudan (2004-2005) and the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) in Jerusalem (2001 – 2004).

Fishere has published seven novels, mostly depicting Egyptian social and political decay. Two of his books were nominated for the Arabic Booker Prize and another two were turned into Arabic TV series. “Embrace at Brooklyn Bridge,” his novel on identity construction and shifts, was translated to English and Italian. “The Egyptian Assassin,” his novel on politics and violence, was just released in English.

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