The Middle East Institute's all-day conference, titled “Securing Egypt’s Future,” brought together a range of Egyptian and American voices to examine recent political, social, and economic developments with the aim of providing recommendations and solutions for securing a more stable, prosperous, inclusive, and democratic Egypt.  The conference was held on Friday, September 13, 2013 at the Georgetown Four Seasons.

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Conference Recap

The morning sessions examined challenges relating to Egypt’s political transition. “Forging a Viable Political Path” considered the steps that political actors must take to restore Egypt’s path to democracy, while the second session, “Working Toward a National Reconciliation,” brought together liberal and Islamist voices to explore how opposing sides can reconcile and examined how all groups can play a role in determining the future of Egypt.

The first panel of the afternoon, “Meeting the Needs of the People,” examined how individuals and institutions can work together to address the key social and economic demands that have driven Egypt’s recent  revolutions, namely “bread, freedom, and social justice.” The final panel of the day, “Engaging the International Community,” examined the steps the international community can take to play a more constructive role in helping Egypt achieve its political, economic, and social goals.

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Introductory Remarks by Amb. Wendy Chamberlin
President, The Middle East Institute
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Panel I: Forging A Viable Political Path
Moderator: David RothkopfForeign Policy
Khalil al-Anani, The Middle East Institute
Graeme Bannerman, The Middle East Institute
Karim Haggag, National Defense University
Tarek Masoud, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Panel II: Working Toward a National Reconciliation
Moderator: Thomas Friedman, The New York Times
Nader Bakkar, al Nour Party
Hani Sarie Eldin, al Dostour Party
Wael Haddara, former senior advisor to Mohamed Morsi
Dina Guirguis, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
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Panel III: Meeting the Needs of the People
Moderator: Robin Wright, USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar
Hossam Bahgat, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
Mirette Mabrouk, Atlantic Council
Jawad Nabulsi, al Nebny Foundation
Diane Singerman, American University
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Panel IV: Engaging the International Community
Moderator: Michael Hanna, The Century Foundation
Jason Brownlee, University of Texas at Austin
Mohamed Elmenshawy, The Middle East Institute
Amy Hawthorne, Atlantic Council
Abdel Monem Said, Al Masry Al Youm
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Caption: Thomas Friedman (left) moderates the second panel, "Working Toward a National Reconciliation," featuring (from left to right) Wael Haddara, Dina Guirguis, Hani Sarie Eldin, and Nader Bakkar.

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