The Arab Spring ushered in dramatic change in North Africa and the Middle East, but democracy has struggled to take hold. Living through the uprisings in Egypt, Amr Hamzawy tells the story of the revolutions and attempted transitions to democracy. Not all is lost, however, as he argues that the youthful energy and activism has simply moved away from politics and will rise once again.

Amr Hamzawy is an Egyptian political scientist and human rights activist. He is a former member of the People’s Assembly after being elected in the first Parliamentary elections in Egypt after the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. He is also a former member of the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights. Hamzawy is currently a visiting scholar at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and an associate professor of political science at Cairo University.