All you need to know about Dalia Ziada

All you need to know about Dalia Ziada

Dalia Ziadeh (born January 2, 1982) is an award-winning Egyptian author, writer, and blogger. Her most famous book is an English-language book entitled "The Curious Case of the Three-Legged Wolf - Egypt: Military, Islamism, and Liberal Democracy", in addition to other internationally acclaimed books on Middle Eastern politics and relations between the region and the world. She is currently the director of the Center for the Studies of Free Democracy, a think-tank that advises policymakers in Egypt and the Middle East.

All you need to know about Dalia Ziada

Her biography

Ziada was born in the Shubra neighborhood of Cairo, the capital of Egypt, to a mother who worked as an Arabic language teacher and a father who worked as an officer and engineer for weapons and ammunition in the Egyptian Armed Forces.

She studied increasing international relations and international security at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in the United States. Dalia is known to have played a central role in the civil society movement that launched the 2011 revolution against the Mubarak regime.

Named by CNN as one of eight agents of change in the Middle East, the Daily Beast has called her one of the bravest women in the world for two years in a row. In addition, the story of Ziada and her struggle for liberal democratization in Egypt has been told in American bestsellers such as: Robin Wright's book “The Casbah Noise: Anger and Rebellion Across the Islamic World”; And Lily Eskilsen Garcia's book The mob: Brave Fighters for Social Justice. Previously, Dalia served as executive director of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Democratic Studies and as the regional director of the Organization of the American Islamic Conference. Currently, she is the director of the Center for the Study of Free Democracy. Additionally, Ziada is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee of the National Council for Women in Egypt.



Dalia has been running a bilingual blog commenting on issues related to human rights, civil liberty, civil-military affairs, and international relations since 2006. In 2010, the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures awarded Dalia an increase in the Euro-Mediterranean Journalism Award for her blog.


Author; "The Curious Case of the Three-Legged Wolf - Egypt: Militarism, Islamism, and Liberal Democracy"; Center for Free Democracy Studies, 2019, in English

Co-authoring; "The paradox of repression and nonviolent movements"; Syracuse University of America, 2018, in English

Edited; "The current state of civil society and liberal democracy in the Arab world"; Ibn Khaldun Center for Democratic Studies, 2012, in Arabic and English

Co-authoring; "A new discourse for Muslim women in the Middle East"; Organization of the American Islamic Conference, 2010, in Arabic and English

Author; "Lam Alif" is a collection of poetry in Arabic. Maktoob Publishing, 2009

Localized; The picture book "Civil Rights and the Montgomery Story" in Arabic; Organization of the American Islamic Conference, 2008

Editor and co-author; “Egypt To Where? The Future of Democratic Reform” Tharwa Foundation, 2008, in Arabic

Localized; “A Stubborn Foe: Arab Governments and the Internet”, The Arab Network for Human Rights, 2006

Awards and honors

Received the "Distinguished Graduate Award" from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2014)

Chosen by The Courier Diplomat Magazine as one of "99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under the Age of 33" (2013)

She was named by Newsweek for two years in a row (2011-2012) as one of the "Most Powerful Women" and the Most "Brave" in the World

CNN classified her as one of the "Eight Agents of Change in the Arab World" (2012)

Chosen by The Daily Beast as one of the 17 bravest bloggers in the world (2011)

Recipient of the Tufts University Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service (2011)

Received the Anna Lindh Prize for Euro-Mediterranean Journalism for her blog (2010)

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