Hagar Taha is an independent researcher on the intervention of military in politics with a particular focus on Egypt and Sudan. Taha is also working as a consultant at a local civil society organization in Egypt focused on women’s empowerment while working on turning her doctoral research, The Local Element of Peace, into a book.
Taha’s doctoral research examined Darfur (Sudan) and Somaliland (Northern Somalia) and focuses on the prospective of integrating community-based formations in contexts of intervention and conflict resolution in an attempt to critically examine the liberal understanding and practice of these terminologies. Her work also focuses on problematizing the meaning of “civil society” in the South and assessing the challenges facing local actors.
Taha is an alumna of the Open Society Scholarship Programs and obtained her PhD in politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2014. She earned an MA in 2009 in political science with a specialization in international relations, and a BA in 2007 in journalism and mass communications with a specialization in journalism and a minor in political science from the American University in Cairo.