Thanassis Cambanis is a Fellow at The Century Foundation, a New York-based progressive non-partisan think tank. From a vantage point of living in Beirut, he has been a first-hand witness of the major shifts that have taken place in Egypt since the uprisings that toppled President Mubarak 3 years ago in the hope of bringing democracy in this historic country. Mr. Cambanis analyzes the forces that deposed President Morsi and since have given rise to General el-Sisi. His latest book chronicles the idealistic and ultimately failed efforts of Egyptian revolutionaries to build a democratic order after Mubarak.
Mr. Cambanis is a journalist who has covered the Middle East for nearly a decade. His first book, A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel, was published in 2010. He writes “The Internationalist” column for The Boston Globe Ideas section, and is a correspondent for The Atlantic. Thanassis regularly contributes to The New York Times, the Boston Globe (where he served as a foreign correspondent in Iraq and the Middle East), and other publications. In 2011 he worked as an adjunct professor at Columbia University and served as a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in 2009.