Power to the People: The New Egypt - Screening & Panel Discussion

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Foreign Policy Association
American University

Event Details

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 
American University - School of International Service Founder's Room
4400 Massachusetts Ave.
Washington, DC
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Event Description

The U.S. has enjoyed 30 years of relatively stable relations with both Israel and Egypt, thanks in large part to the peace plan outlined by the historic Camp David Accords.  The harmony between the two rivals has provided a key element of stability in an otherwise turbulent Middle East.  But Egypt’s bumpy transition from the autocratic rule of President Hosni Mubarak to its post-Arab Spring reality has put many on edge.  

Please join the Foreign Policy Association and the American University for the screening of "Power to the People: The New Egypt," a 30-minute documentary examining the challenges that the new Egypt poses for American policymakers and U.S. allies in the region featuring former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Foreign Affairs Magazine's Jonathan Tepperman, The Atlantic's Thanassis Cambanis, and other key figures in the debate. The event will be followed by a Q&A session with experts in the field.



Event Speakers

    • Asiya Daud - Panelist
      Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University

      Professor Daud has recently returned from living in Cairo, Egypt for two years as a National Security Fellow researching social media and its role in democratizing the Middle East, which predicted the occurrence of the Arab Spring. She worked with the grassroots groups, youth activists and refugees behind the democratization movement in the region from Egypt, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, the Sudan, and even Saudi Arabia. Prof. Daud has lived and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, not only meeting political activists, but also political dignitaries and religious leaders. Her research focuses on a broad array of topics pertaining to International Relations and Middle East Politics: Democratization, social media and political dissent, political Islam, peace and conflict in the Middle East, and political economy. Most recently, her research focuses on Nation-Building in the Arab Spring Nations and the challenges of the new Islamist governments. Prof. Daud has taught a variety of courses on the region such as The Arab Spring, Egyptian Politics, Sudan and Darfur, Iranian Politics, Islam and the West, Peace and Conflict in the Middle East.

    • Asiya Daud
    • Shadi Mokhtari - Panelist
      Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University

      Shadi Mokhtari specializes in human rights, Middle East Politics and Political Islam. She has an extensive background in human rights and women’s rights issues in the Middle East and Muslim World. She is the Editor in Chief of the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights and the author of After Abu Ghraib: Exploring Human Rights in America and the Middle East (Cambridge, 2009), which was selected as the co-winner of the 2010 American Political Science Association Human Rights Section Best Book Award. In 2012, she concluded a study assessing Green Movement, clerical and popular responses to heightened repression following the 2009 elections in Iran. Since 2011, she has been looking at how human rights dynamics and discourses have changed in and vis-a-vis the Middle East in the wake of unfolding popular protests and political transitions.

    • Shadi Mokhtari
    • Ramy Yaacoub - Moderator
      M.A. Candidate, School of International Service, American University

      Ramy Yaacoub is former chief of staff of the Free Egyptians Party, and ran two successful parliamentary elections campaigns for the Egyptian Bloc Alliance as the Free Egyptians Party's senior campaign strategist. Mr. Yaacoub is now a second year graduate student at American University's School of International Service.

    • Ramy Yaacoub