Hamdy A. Hassan, Ph.D, is a Professor of Political Science at Cairo University. Currently, he is attached to The Institute for Islamic World Studies, Zayed University in Dubai. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Swedish Network of Peace, Conflict and Development Research. In 1999, Professor Hassan was granted the Egyptian State award in political science for his book Issues in the African Political Systems published in Arabic by the Centre for African Future Studies, Cairo. From 2001- 2005, Professor Hassan served as an elect Vice President of the African Association of Political Science (AAPS), based in Pretoria, South Africa. He is the founder and director of the Centre for African Future Studies, Cairo, since 1996. His research focuses on the democratization and development in Africa and the Arab world. He has published many books and articles in both Arabic and English.