In this edition of the Arab Media & Society podcast, Managing Editor Sarah El-Shaarawi speaks with Dr. Abdel Monem Said about how regional leaders and the Arab media have reacted to the US presidential elections. Said explains that while reactions have been mixed, many have responded positively to the prospect of a Trump presidency. This is due in part to a residual animosity toward Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration for policies of the last eight years. Said also observes that the elections took the American electoral system off its proverbial pedestal, as crude rhetoric, divisiveness, and questions of election rigging dominated the race.
Dr. Abdel Monem Said Aly is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Al Masry Al Youm Publishing House in Cairo. He has held many distinguished positions and helped found a number of strategic centers internationally. Previously, he was the President of Al Ahram Center for Political & Strategic Studies in Cairo, and the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Al Ahram Newspaper and Publishing House. His PH.D in Political Science is from Northern Illinois University. He has been a research fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Belfer Center For Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. He has published extensively in both English and Arabic.