The Future of U.S.-Egypt Relations: A View From the Next Generation

December 09, 2009 // 8:00am9:30am


Amy Hawthorne
Executive Director, Hollings Center for International Dialogue

Ashraf Swelam
Acting Director General, Egypt's International Economic Forum

Lara Friedman
Director of Policy and Government Relations, Americans for Peace Now

Norann Zaghloul
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and former Vice President, Egyptian American Cultural Association

Thirty years after Camp David, the future of U.S.-Egypt relations is uncertain. The two countries still share important interests. But recent years have witnessed a growing divide between Cairo and Washington on some issues, and people-to-people ties remain strikingly underdeveloped. This summer, the Hollings Center and Egypt's International Economic Forum convened a select group of 25 Egyptians and Americans from their late 20s to early 40s for a unique dialogue on how each country perceives the other and how to strengthen the relationship in the coming decade. The panelists will present the group's findings on foreign policy cooperation, democracy promotion, aid and trade, and the role of civil society.

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