Podcast (Audio only)

The Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council and The Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars present the first Rafik Hariri Debate on the Arab Transitions:

The Arab Awakening: Progress or Peril? A Conversation with Amr Hamzawy and Jane Harman

As transitioning Arab countries struggle to consolidate revolutionary change with elections and constitutional reform, it is still unclear whether they will succeed in becoming democracies. Economies are in crisis, Islamists are dominating elections, former regime elements are resurgent, and civil society is under threat.  Are revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya succeeding in delivering dignity and freedom, or are they being hijacked by illiberal forces?

Amr Hamzawy, a leading voice of the Egyptian revolution who has become one of his country’s most active parliamentarians, and Wilson Center President Jane Harman will debate where Egypt and other transitioning Arab countries are headed. 

The Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council and the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center invite you to participate in this inaugural event in a series of debates on the future of the transitioning Arab countries.


12:00 p.m.     Lunch

12:30 p.m.    First Rafik Hariri Debate

Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO, The Wilson Center

Amr Hamzawy, Member, Egyptian People’s Assembly

Moderated by

Michele Dunne, Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council


  • Jane Harman

    Director, President and CEO, Wilson Center
  • Amr Hamzawy

    Former Member, Egyptian People’s Assembly
  • Michele Dunne

    Director, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace