To understand the current situation in Egypt it is necessary to see it in a broader historical perspective and examine the evolution of Egypt since Nasser's 1952 revolution. No one is better placed to offer this perspective than Aly El-Samman, previously a close advisor to Anwar Sadat and w a promoter of intergenerational dialogue to the young pioneers of today's revolution. In Egypt from One Revolution to Ather, El-Samman offers a rigorous and vivid analysis of these last sixty years of Egyptian history. His memoir, rich in revelations and anecdotes, gives us a rare insight into the thinking of some of the most famous figures of the 20th century, including the leaders of the existentialist movement in France. But, more importantly, it sets out a real strategy of peace for the shores of Mediterranean Sea and far beyond.
Aly El-Samman is President of the International Union for Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue and Peace Education (ADIC) for Europe and Egypt as well secretary general of the Association for Economic Information Europe-Egypt . He also contributes weekly articles to the Egyptian press and regularly appears on television as a commentator on current affairs. Dr Aly El-Samman is to be awarded the French Legion d'Honneur in September 2012.