Mohamed Soliman

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Mohamed Soliman
Born محمد سليمان
(1991-07-21) 21 July 1991 (age 27)
Egypt
Residence Cairo, Egypt
Nationality Egyptian
Alma mater Egypt Aviation Academy (B.S.)
Occupation policy commentator
Political strategist
Known for Al-Midan student Group founder and leader
Political party Constitution Party, Al-Midan Student Group
Relatives Dr. Nabil Abd Elfatah (uncle)
Website mohamed soliman

Mohamed Soliman (Egyptian Arabic: محمد سليمان‎) is an Egyptian political leader, strategist and political analyst known for his criticism of the Mubarak, Morsi and Sisi regimes. Mohamed is known for his active political involvement during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. He successfully led an alliance of Liberal Students to win the 2013 Egyptian Student union elections against Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood students. Following the 2013 Egyptian coup d'état, Constitution Party elected Mohamed as a political officer to lead the party political bureau for three years. Mohamed is always featured in media for his involvement in Egypt Revolution. [1]

Background[edit]

Mohamed was born to a middle-class family in 1991 in Cairo. Mohamed holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Engineering from the Egyptian Aviation Academy.

Early activism[edit]

Mohamed was a protester from the Egyptian opposition movement Kefayaat the age of 14. Then, he joined the National Association for Change, and worked on collecting petitions calling for reforming the political system in Egypt. Mohammed was one of the organizers for Mohamed ElBaradei campaign for presidency pre Egyptian revolution of 2011.

The Constitution Party[edit]

Mohamed played a role in collecting membership for the recently established the Dostour Party. Shortly after establishing the party, Mohamed served as an executive board member. Mohamed was tasked with the establishment of the party student branch. He also manages the party's foreign relations committee.[2] [3] The departure of Mohamed ElBaradei to Vienna changed the party leadership structure. The party members elected Mohamed as a political officer leading the party political bureau. In his term as a political officer, Mohamed engineered the party campaign to support the opposition presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi against Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in the Egyptian presidential election, 2014 [4] Mohamed drafts the party policy against the unconstitutional regime policies and their continuous attack on freedom of speech, human rights and activists. Mohamed is also critical of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's foreign policy towards Russia, Syria and Yemen. Mohamed led the party opposition campaign against The regime deal with Saudi Arabia that included the giving away of Tiran and Sanafir islands to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. [5]

Al-Midan Student group[edit]

When AlDostour's party first started, Mohamed was elected as the President of AlDostour’s Party Student chapter then founded Al-Midan chapters in 20 public and private universities. Mohamed oversaw Al-Midan and a wide ranging coalition of the liberal student campaign in the 2013 student union election against the Muslim Brotherhood students. Al-Midan became the majority in most of the Student unions. During his two-year leadership in Al-Midan Student group, Mohamed voiced his opposition against decisions and statements made by the party’s political committee and identified himself with significant statements that reflect the student opinions, who are the largest supporters of the party, rather than the party’s leaders.[6] Mohamed criticized and attacked Al-Midan Affiliated Egypt student union president Mohamed Badran, when he supported the brutality against the Muslim Brotherhood students.[7] Mohamed set partnership between Al-Midan and US-Middle East Youth Network. The network, which is a platform that aims to enrich the debate and exchange of views between American and middle eastern youth about the ongoing political situation such as the Arab Spring and the rise of Islamic State. [8]

2012 Egyptian protests[edit]

Mohamed was one of the architects of the 2012 Egyptian protests that erupted against the former president Mohamed Morsi. Morsi issued a constitutional decree that granted his position legislative and judicial powers to use against his opposition groups. Mohamed was involved organizing demonstrations, rallies and making media appearances. Mohamed publicity challenged president Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood group. He publicly called Morsi's constitutional decree undemocratic. [9] Mohammed and other leaders from The constitution party leaderships were accused of toppling down the Muslim Brotherhood regime. This accusation led to several investigations against Mohammed and his fellows. Mohamed provided local and foreign newspapers with detailed information on the numbers of party members who are imprisoned for their political views against president Morsi.[10]

Egypt, five years on[edit]

Mohamed appeared in a The Economist documentary by British journalist Leila Dundas entitled “Egypt, five years on". The documentary which included interviews with Sally Toma and Mahmoud Salem. Mohamed was highly critical of the Sisi regime's human rights violations and crackdown on civil society. He also predicted a new wave of demonstrations against the regime in every town square will be a new Tahrir Square. The documentary sparked a state media attack against Mohamed and his colleagues.

Positions and views[edit]

post June30th[edit]

After the military intervention in the political process and ousting president Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian politics lost the freedoms it gained after the revolution. Mohamed voiced the anger views of the liberal groups in various occasions. Mohamed criticized the regime of excluding everyone from the decision making process. [11] Mohamed was promoting for the constitution party's ideological stands that contradict between the army and the Muslim Brotherhood. [12]

Egypt Israel relations[edit]

Mohamed has a research focus on the Egyptian Israeli relations in lights of the new regime change in Cairo. Mohamed has published extensively on the security and political cooperation between Egypt and Israel. [13]

U.S. military aid to Egypt[edit]

Mohamed is a supporter of the U.S. military to Egypt. He also made positive comments on U.S. cut of aid. Mohammed considers the military aid a fundamental tool for the Egyptian military war on terror in Sinia. [14]

Political Analysis[edit]

Mohamed studied construction engineering but became engaged in political analysis at the start of the Egyptian uprising in 2011. He was driven to analyze the political and security events as they unfolded, and by his graduation he had launched a career of research. Mohamed’s balanced analysis and commentary throughout the 2011 Egyptian revolution, 2013 Egyptian coup d'état, and following the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi attracted a global audience. Mohamed writes on Egypt & Middle East Politics in many prominent English and Arabic publications. Mohamed's articles have been featured in Foreign Affairs, OpenDemocracy, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, PJ Media, Fikra Forum, La Stampa, DailyNews Egypt and Eutopia magazine. Mohamed has a weekly column at Egyptian Daily Tahrir News and also wrote for Al-Masry Al-Youm and Al-Maqal News.[15] Mohamed has research interest in the Egypt–Israel relations [16], Egyptian intervention in Libya, Egypt–Palestine relations[17], Sinai insurgency and Lone wolves[18].

Published works[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ soliman, Mohamed (3 March 2017). "These young Egyptians led a revolution. Now their frustrations are mounting under Sisi". PRI. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  2. ^ soliman, Mohamed (3 November 2013). "Student Corner: US military aid to Egypt: For whose sake?". Daily News Egypt. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Lynch, Sarah (3 October 2013). "Egyptians on all sides skeptical of aid cut". USA Today. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Emara, Hussein (26 May 2014). "Egypt: The constitution party spearheading Hamdeen Sabahi's presidential campaign". France 24. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Wirtschafter, Jacob (3 October 2013). "Protests Against Egypt's Plan to Return Two Islands to Saudi Arabia". The Medialine. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  6. ^ AbdAllah, AbdelHalim (25 November 2013). "Head of Egypt's Student Union under fire". Daily News Egypt. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  7. ^ AbdAllah, AbdelHalim (25 November 2013). "Head of Egypt's Student Union under fire". Daily News Egypt. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  8. ^ AbdAllah, AbdelHalim H. (24 November 2013). "Head of Egypt's Student Union under fire". Daily News Egypt. 
  9. ^ Murphy, Dan (5 December 2012). "Violent clashes show no slowdown outside Egyptian palace". triblive. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  10. ^ Murphy, Dan (31 March 2013). "Egypt issues arrest warrant for political satirist who allegedly insulted President Mohamed Morsy". triblive. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  11. ^ McTighe, Kristen (9 July 2014). "A dream deferred". Pambazuka News. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  12. ^ McTighe, Kristen (4 December 2014). "New battlegrounds emerge at Egypt's universities". DW. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  13. ^ Soliman, Mohamed (10 May 2016). "How Egypt and Israel Saved Their Relationship". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  14. ^ Lynch, Sarah (9 October 2013). "U.S. cuts Egypt military aid, won't end it". USA Today. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Soliman, Mohamed (10 May 2016). "Renewing the Alliance How Egypt and Israel Saved Their Relationship". Foreign Affairs. Council on Foreign Relations. 
  16. ^ soliman, Mohamed (20 December 2016). "A New Era in Egypt-Israel Relations?". Washington Institute. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  17. ^ soliman, Mohamed (7 March 2017). "Egypt, Hamas Continue Flirtation, but to What End?". Middle East Institute. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  18. ^ soliman, Mohamed (20 March 2017). "From Cairo to Berlin: Why is ISIS Targeting Christians?". Washington Institute. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 

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