Egypt in Transition





On April 15, 2013, the Center hosted Egypt in Transition, a dynamic panel discussion that gathered together leading thinkers on the subject of Arab and Middle East politics to look at the Arab Spring through the prism of the region's most important country, Egypt. 

The speakers addressed a number of pressing questions regarding the country's future: How can we best understand the surprises and difficulties of Egypt's post-Mubarak transition? Is there a role for the U.S. in promoting the transition to democracy? What do the economic fragility and recent crackdown on journalists suggest about where Egypt is headed?


Watch the video of the entire discussion here:


Lawrence Wright is an author, screenwriter, playwright, and staff writer for The New Yorker Magazine. His history of al-Qaeda, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (2007), was published to immediate and widespread acclaim, winning the Pulitzer Prize and spending eight weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. In 2013, he published Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, which examines the history and leadership of The Church of Scientology. 

Mohamed Elmenshawy is a scholar, and the director of the languages and regional studies program at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. He writes a weekly column for Egyptian daily Al Shorouk News and contributes regularly to The Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and The International Herald Tribune. 

Samer S. Shehata is an Assistant Professor of Arab Politics at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He teaches courses on Arab and Middle East politics, Islamist politics, comparative politics, U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East, Egyptian politics, culture and politics in the Arab world, among other subjects. He served as Acting Director of the Master of Arts in Arab Studies Program during the 2002-2003 academic year. 

Robin Wright has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents for The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, The Atlantic, The Sunday Times of London, CBS News, Foreign Affairs, and many others. Her foreign tours include the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and several years as a roving foreign correspondent worldwide. She has covered a dozen wars and several revolutions. Until 2008, she covered U.S. foreign policy for The Washington Post. Her most recent books include: The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are (2012) and Rock the Casbeh: Rage and Rebellion Across The Arab World (2011). 

This event was co-sponsored by The Middle East Institute.