Mohamed El Dahshan

Contributor. Mohamed El Dahshan served as an economic consultant to the United Nations before joining Al-Masry Al-Youm. A graduate of Cairo University, Sciences-Po Paris, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, his areas of interest include economic development, post-war reconstruction and Middle Eastern political affairs. He also conducts academic research and blogs, but neither really pays the bills.

Contributions

News

“All our economic losses are a small price to pay for freedom,” said renowned businessman Naguib Sawiris to audience applause at a public event recently. But beyond the slogans, it is impossible to gloss over the economic challenges in...
For Gom’aa Abdel Meguid, bread is “akin to hospitals: it’s a basic necessity and ought to be above curfews.” Many areas throughout Cairo are experiencing shortages of basic commodities due to the daily curfews imposed by...
The blood bank at Kasr Al-Eini hospital, a few hundred meters from downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square, where demonstrations continued into their sixth consecutive day, was overflowing with blood donors. The hospital lobby turned into a...
Though hydropower is traditionally the nation's most prized renewable energy source, Egypt’s immense potential in wind and solar power propelled it to number 22 on the latest Renewable Energies Country Attractiveness Index (CAI). The index...
It might have been the Eid holidays, the inclement Swedish weather, or just political apathy, but not a single official Arab delegation was present at World Water Week in Stockholm earlier this month, an event that is considered the world’s...
Many Chinese-produced maps place Europe and Africa on the left side, the Americas on the right, and China at its center. It makes sense--after all, the country’s name in Mandarin is ZhōngGuó--the Empire of the Middle. Looking at a map on which...
Our world is home to 39 megacities--cities that are in turn home to more than ten million inhabitants each. Twenty-eight of these are located in developing countries, characterized by young and growing populations, with all the accompanying...
Understanding the complexities of Juba’s political past and present is nearly as tricky as navigating its streets. In the second installment of his two-part story on Southern Sudan, Mohamed El Dahshan travels the city’s roads and modern history, and...
Riding through Juba, you may be tempted to think that history began with the 2005 Peace Agreement. But there’s far more to this unusual city than an international organization circus--the Sudanese are struggling to build a nation, in the midst of...
Books penned by Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard are not a common sight in Egypt. Recently, however, Arabic-language translations of the books have begun to appear in Cairo, even bearing the stamp of approval--surprisingly--from Al-Azhar...

Opinion articles

As the world warmly embraces South Sudan as the newest member of the global community, Egypt is not expected to give more than lukewarm wave from afar. For years the Egyptian establishment has seemed bitter that its initiative - centered around...
Nearly 1400 participants from 43 countries marching to Palestine via Egypt. With a premise like that, hoping for things to go smoothly is wishful thinking. The Gaza Freedom March, an event organised by several pro-Palestinian organisations led by...