Bessma Momani / @b_momani

Professor at the University of Waterloo’s Balsillie School of International Affairs and a CIGI senior fellow

Dr. Bessma Momani is a Professor at the University of Waterloo’s Balsillie School of International Affairs and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation. She has been Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Mortara Center and at the Amman Institute, a research centre to improve local governance in the Middle East. 

She has authored and co-edited over six books and of over 50 scholarly, peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters that have examined the IMF, the World Bank, petrodollars, regional trade agreements in the Middle East and economic liberalization throughout the Arab Gulf and the Middle East. Dr. Momani has received a number of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council awards and prizes for her research on global economic governance and political economy of the Middle East. 

More recently, Dr. Momani has been a public commentator and analyst on the Middle East and the Arab Spring. She is a regular contributor to CBC radio and a Middle East analyst on CTV News, CBC The National, Al-Jazeera English, Bloomberg TV, BNN and TVOs the Agenda. She has also published numerous op-ed articles on the Arab Spring in Canadian and international news outlets as well maintaining her own CIGI blog and Huffington Post column.

Most Recent Posts


Egypt's Referendum Redux

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January 16, 2014
Once again Egyptians have gone to the polls to vote on a constitution. But what this is really about is legitimizing a coup argues Bessma Momani.

The Cost of Selling Intervention

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September 9, 2013
There is no rhetoric President Obama can deploy that will lower the reputational price America will pay for intervening in Syria, argue Bessma Momani and Claire Schachter.

From Coup to Chaos

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July 25, 2013
Bessma Momani on the call by General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for Egyptians to rally in support of the military.

A Warning to Egyptians

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June 30, 2013
Protests against President Morsi have taken Egypt back to the edge. Bessma Momani on why the opposition is playing a dangerous game.

Egypt's Fiscal Cliff

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April 2, 2013
Bessma Momani on why Egypt is on the verge of a real fiscal cliff, and the consequences for the region if it goes over.

A Crisis of Confidence

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January 29, 2013
The latest round of protests reveal the continuing fragility of post-Mubarak Egypt, and the increasing frustration of Egyptians with the current regime.