Tarek Heggy


Distinguished Senior Fellow, The Gatestone Institute, New York; Visiting Professor at several foreign universities; Co-Founder of the Chair of Coptic Studies at e American University in Cairo and of “Tarek Heggy’s Scholarship in Jewish Studies” at the University of Toronto; Barrister-at-law before the Supreme Court of Egypt; Member, Egypt Writers Association.

Member of the Board and Trustee of over forty organizations and universities. He has lectured at universities and leading think tanks throughout the world, including Oxford University, University of Tokyo, University of Melbourne, Sydney University, Princeton University, Columbia University, King’s College London, Heritage Foundation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Council on Foreign Relations and many others.

Previous positions: Assistant Professor, Law Schools, Algerian and Moroccan Universities (1971–1979); Chief Petroleum Agreements Negotiator (1979–1988), Chairman, Shell International Petroleum Companies (1988–1996), Middle East Advisor (1996–1998), Shell International; Founder and Chairman, Tana Petroleum Middle East Co. (1998); member of the advisory Board of the RAND Organization “Centre for Middle East Public Policy”; Board member of e Egyptian Society for Historic Studies; member of the board of trustees of the MSA University (Cairo, Egypt); Member of the board of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science of Cairo University; Vice President of e Arab Management Society; Chairman of Heliopolis Library.

Selected publications: DANAT (2012); The Arab Mind Bound (2011); The Arab Cocoon (2010); The Imprisonment of the Arab Mind (2009); Our Culture between Illusion and Reality (2009); Critique of the Arab Mind (1998).

Author of 30 books in Arabic, English, Italian and French and over 1000 published articles.


A Macro Assessment of President al-Sisi‘s First Term
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has rescued Egypt from chaos, but the country’s president, to be elected in the March 26-28 elections, will face numerous challenges. Modernizing Egypt will require

Tarek Heggy
Time for Arab States to Realize That Their Interests Are Not Identical with…
Last week’s emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo designed to work out a unified response to Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel demonstrated formal

Tarek Heggy
The Only Path to Democracy for the Middle East
The first step towards the democratisation of the Middle East and North Africa states is to secularise such societies. Once the majority of the sons and daughters of the societies of this region

Tarek Heggy
Russian Air Strikes Ignited the Godfathers of ISIS
The conventional American inability to understand other cultures, specially of old societies, will keep the USA leaders totally unable to understand what the consequences of the insane Turkish action

Tarek Heggy
Valdai Club Experts on Paris Attacks
Experts of the Valdai Discussion Club continue to assess the aftermaths of the bloody terrorist attacks in Paris.
Egypt Longs for a Fruitful Strategic Alliance with Russia
No visiting head of state has received such a warm and enthusiastic reception from the Egyptian people and government in the past 50 years as the one that greeted President Vladimir Putin on February

Tarek Heggy
American Exceptionalism Violates International Law
Americans have to ask themselves important questions like: who created Al-Qaeda? Al-Qaeda was created by the CIA and the Saudi intelligence service. America never faced reality during the Cold War.

Tarek Heggy
Political analyst Tarek Heggy on the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s relations…
Author and political thinker Tarek Heggy shares his thoughts on the developments in Egypt, including the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s relations with Russia and the USA.

Tarek Heggy


Tarek Heggy: Without Russia, Syria Would Have Collapsed Into Three Countries
Tarek Heggy, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute, talks about Russia's involvement in the Middle East and the dangerous consequences that the region would have faced if Russia



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