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Egypt's Presidential Elections: The Way Forward

Presidential elections in Egypt mark yet another milestone in the country’s turbulent political journey of the past three years. Will the election of a new president usher in a period of greater security, prosperity and good governance or a continuation of uncertainty and volatility in Egyptian politics and economic life? And what will a new President mean for the U.S.-Egyptian relationship?

Join us BY PHONE as four veteran analysts of Egypt and its politics offer their observations on these critical matters.

Democratic Transitions and the Problem of Power (Spring 2014)
















The Arab Spring and the State of Egypt’s Antiquities

Egyptologist and SAFE Beacon Award Winner Monica Hanna discussed the impact of the current instability in Egypt on the desecration and looting of archaeological sites and artifacts.

On April 14, 2014, Middle East Program held a meeting, “The Arab Spring and the State of Egypt’s Antiquities” with Hanna, who is also a social media activist. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center, moderated the event.

Cities at the Center of the World

Cities at the Center of the World

Track-Two Diplomacy toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution, 1978–2014

Track-Two Diplomacy toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution, 1978–2014 is an important insider account of a crucial set of negotiations aimed at settling a seemingly endless conflict. It brings out many new details of negotiating sessions and internal policy and strategy debates and is especially insightful on the thirteen-year process that led to the September 1993 Oslo Accords.

Quo Vadis Egypt?

Three experts discussed the current political situation in Egypt and the challenges it faces in the aftermath of the  2013 overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi and the referendum vote on the new constitution.

Egypt’s Referendum: The Constitution is not the Issue

The Egyptian referendum was not about the content of the constitution, but about the popularity of the military. Thus, it is not the first step toward democracy in Egypt. The United States has nothing to gain by embracing this regime. It should not condemn it, preach to it, or try to change it, because it would not work. But it should not go to the opposite extreme of praising it for leading the country to democracy. Rather, it should keep its neutrality and its distance.



Arab Spring or Arab Autumn: Women’s Political Participation in the Arab Uprisings and Beyond

Three experts on women’s issues discussed the key challenges and opportunities for women's political participation and rights in countries throughout the Middle East following the Arab Spring.