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April 19, 2013

Public Invited to Participate in Global Forum Exploring The Future Course of Egypt’s Transition to Democracy

The first Williamsburg-CSIS Forum presents two opportunities for the public to participate in the conference. “The New Egypt: Challenges of a Post-Revolutionary Era” explores the dramatic events of the Arab Spring and the future course of Egypt’s difficult transition to democracy.

The first of two public panels, “The Future of U.S.-Egyptian Military Cooperation: The Role of the Armed Forces in Post-Revolutionary Egypt” will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 23. As Egypt has been the second largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid, the issue of U.S. military cooperation with the Islamist government of President Mohamed Morsi has moved to the forefront of political discussion. The panel of presenters includes:

  • retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni, former chief of the U.S. Central Command,
  • retired Egyptian Army Major-Gen. Sameh Seif El-Yazal, director of the Al-Gomhoria Center for Security Studies, and
  • Former Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed El-Orabi.
    The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Jon B. Alterman, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy and Director Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    The second public panel, “The Arab Spring: Prospects for Democracy,” will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 24. The moderator will be Dr. Joshua Stacher, a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Stacher has researched and written extensively on Middle Eastern politics. The discussion will attempt to chart a course forward from the revolutionary upheaval known as the Arab Spring. The panelists are:

  • Amr Darrag, Chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party Foreign Relations Committee,
  • Amr Hamzawy, president of the Egypt Freedom Party,
  • Former Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and
  • Manar El-Shorbagy, Professor, Political Science, American University of Cairo

    Both public forums will be held in the Hennage Auditorium of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Seating is limited and a free reservation is required by calling (800) 447-8679. The audience will have the opportunity to submit written questions to the panelists.

    The Forum is made possible by generous support from Anita A. and James D. Timmons and other Colonial Williamsburg supporters.

    Media Contact:
    Jim Bradley

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