Dr. Amin Shaaban is an Egyptian Diplomat and a Visiting Scholar at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His research at Georgetown titled as “the Future of Extremism in the Middle East: A Vision from the East and the West”. He is specialized in international relations with a focus on public diplomacy, political Islamic movements in the Middle East, terrorism, national security, human rights, Middle East politics and American studies.
Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt in 2009, Dr. Shaaban was appointed as a Teaching Assistant and Lecturer of political science, foreign policy, political Islamic thought and philosophy in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the Faculty of Commerce, Assiut University, where he obtained his Bachelors Degree in Political Science in 2004. He holds Master’s Degree in Political Science since 2008, thesis on ‘’the Relations between Israel and India and Reflections on the Arab National Security’’ as well as a Ph.D Degree since 2015. His dissertation titled “the U.S Strategy towards Political Islamic Movements in Egypt 2001-2014”. Moreover, he obtained the advanced Master’s Degree in the interdisciplinary postgraduate specialist study in diplomacy at the University of Zagreb in 2016, thesis on “the Role of Public Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism and Protection of Human Rights’’.
Dr. Shaaban took part of the International Visitors Leadership Program entitled “American Studies” held in the United States of America in 2006, where he visited many American institutions and universities in different States including Washington D.C, Wyoming, Georgia, Pennsylvania and New York. In addition, he participated in the 2007 International Institute for Political and Economic Studies (IIPES) in Greece sponsored by the Fund for American Studies in partnership with Georgetown University and the Greek Association for Atlantic and European cooperation.
His research work appears in various periodicals and journals such as the Palestine Studies Journals published in Beirut and the Strategic Studies Magazine published in Manama. Moreover, he is the author of three books in the field of international relations published through the Egyptian publisher Al-Mahrousa in Cairo. Since he joined the Egyptian Diplomacy in 2009, Dr. Shaaban has served in several diplomatic missions of the Arab Republic of Egypt including the Egyptian Embassy in the Republic of South Africa, the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Liberia as well as in the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Dr. Shaaban began his diplomatic career as a Desk Officer for the Nile Basin and River Nile Affairs at the Office of the General Coordinator for Nile Basin Countries and Nile Water Affairs and then at the Southern & Eastern Europe section. He was in charge of the multilateral diplomacy while dealing with the European Union and the Union for the Mediterranean, which includes the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures, which is a network of civil society organizations dedicated to promoting intercultural dialogue in the Mediteranian region.
He has an extensive experience in the international diplomacy related to BRICS Forum as well as African multilateral diplomacy and regional organizations with regards to the African Peer Review Mechanism dealing with socio-economic governance and the New Partnership for Africa's Development, which is an economic development program of the African Union. In addition, he is a practitioner of parliamentarian diplomacy through interaction with the Pan African Parliament in South Africa. Also he was a member of sub-committee for the Egyptian expatriates’ elections in 2014 and the presidential elections in 2018 as well as the referendum of the Egyptian constitution in 2014.
Dr. Shaaban has represented Egypt in many bilateral and international fora during the missions conducted in Washington D.C, New York, Brussels, Bucharest, Oman, Ottawa, Riyadh, Monrovia, Zagreb and Pretoria...etc.
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