Hassanein Ali


After receiving my Ph.D. in political science from Cairo University, I worked as Lecturer, then Assistant Professor at Cairo University. In 2001, I was promoted to Professor rank. Between 1994 - 2005, I worked as an advisor and chair of the Department of Planning & Studies, Ministry of Interior, United Arab Emirates. In 2005, I joined to Zayed University. My research interests include: gulf affairs, civil society, democratization, political violence, terrorism and Islamic movements in the Arab world.  I’m an author and editor of tens of books, book chapters, monographs, and journal articles in both Arabic and English. Also, I have presented tens of papers in regional and international conferences. I have been received many awards, including: The first Award in Human Studies, granted by Dr. Suad al-Sabbah’s Competition for Arab Youth (1992), the Egyptian State Award in Political Science (2006), The First Arab Award in Social Sciences and Humanities (2011-2012).

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Professor of Political Science at IS Department, CHSS, ZU
  • Coordinator of HSS 255 - Emirates Studies
  • Member of CHSS Promotion Committee
  • Member of CHSS Research Affairs Committee


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Political Science Department, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University,1991.

          Thesis: “Political Violence in the Arab World”.

          Grade: First honor along with recommendation for publishing

          the thesis on the coast of the university and exchange it with

          other universities.

  • M.A. in Political Science, Political Science Department, Faculty of Economic and Political Science, Cairo University,1985.    

Dissertation: “Political Legitimacy in the Third World “.

         Grade: Excellent with Honor.           

  • B.A. in Political Science, Political Science Department, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University,1981).

Grade: Excellent with honor.


  • Member of the International Political Science Association (IPSA)
  • Member of the Arab Political Science Association
  • Member of the Egyptian Society for Political Economy, Legislation and Statistics


  • Arabic
  • English

Research and Professional Activities

Research interests:

  • UAE and Gulf Affairs
  • Democratization, Civil Society, and Political Islam in the Arab World
  • Extremism, Violence, and Terrorism in the Arab World

Current Projects:

  • Culture of Tolerance in the UAE
  • Violent Non - State Actors and the Crisis of Nation - State in Post- Arab Spring Era


Tolerance, Nation State, Non -State Actors, Arab Spring

Teaching Areas


  • Islamic Civilization I
  • Islamic Civilization II
  • Emirates Studies
  • Introduction to political Science
  • Egyptian Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Arab Politics
  • Research Methods in Political Science
  • Islamic Political Thought
  • Contemporary Islamic World
  • International Relations in the Gulf Region
  1. Graduate
  • Epistemology and Research Methodology
  • Comparative Politics
  • Civil Society and Democratization in the Arab World
  • Research Methods in Political Science
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in the UAE: The Public Administration Context
  • Contemporary Islamic Movements

  1.  Editor: The UAE - Egyptian Relations: Current Situation and Future Prospects (Sharjah: Dar AlKhaleeg Printing & Publishing, 2018).
  1. Book Chapter: “Internal Political Developments in the Arab Countries 2017/2018,” In: Dr. Ahmed Youssef Ahmed (ed.), The State of the Arab Nation 2017 - 2018 (Beirut: Center for Arab Unity Studies, 2018).
  1. Book Chapter: “Causes of Expansion the "IS" Organization and Spreading its Takiri Ideology,” in: Group of Researchers, Takfiri Discourse in Modern and Contemporary Arab Thought (Kairouan: Kairouan University, College of Arts and Social Sciences, 2017).
  1. Book Chapter: “Educational and Cultural Relations,” in: Hassanein Ali, (ed.), The UAE - Egyptian Relations: Current Situation and Future Perspectives (Sharjah: Dar AlKhaleeg for Printing & Publishing, 2018).
  1. Book Chapter: With Dr. Hamdy Hassan,” The Halting Process of Democratization in the Arab World: Current Challenges and Prospects” in: Anders Jagerskog, Michael Schutz, ashok Swain, (eds.), Routledge Book on Middle East Security (London: Routledge, 2018). Forthcoming.
  1.  Monograph: “Post - Military Defeat of Islamic State “Daesh” Era: Challenges and Prospects”, Strategic Papers, No. 281 (Cairo: Center for Political & Strategic Studies, October 2017).
  1.  Journal article: “Fifteen Years after the U.S. Invasion and Occupation of Iraq: The Failure of Democracy Imposed from Outside”, Journal of Democracy, No. 71 (July 2018).
  1.  Journal article: “Changing Roles of Militaries: Between self - Interests and National Goals,” Journal of Democracy, No.66, July 2017.