America’s democracy did not emerge immediately or easily from the Revolutionary War. The Declaration of Independence turned colonies into states, but it did not unite them into a single government. The new nation struggled under the Articles of Confederation’s weak central government until it... Read post
The New Egypt
“The New Egypt: Challenges of a Post-Revolutionary Era”
The first Colonial Williamsburg/CSIS Global Forum, “The New Egypt: Challenges of a Post-Revolutionary Era,” explores the dramatic events of the Arab Spring and the future course of Egypt’s difficult transition to democracy.
The inaugural forum is the result of a new partnership between The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington and the Reves Center at the College of William and Mary, D.C., and opens on Monday, April 22 in Williamsburg.
“The New Egypt: Challenges of a Post-Revolutionary Era” will be attended by a wide range of Egyptian participants – including politicians, diplomats, business leaders, academics, military experts, economists and media representatives – as well as U.S. authorities on the Middle East. Sensitive discussions necessarily will be conducted largely in private to encourage free and open exchange of divergent views. However, the program includes opportunities for the interested parties to observe, including two panel discussions open to the public.
Posts in this Series
Quotes from Colin Campbell, Jim Horn, and Gordon Wood
Colin Campbell, President and CEO of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Jim Horn, VP of Research and Historic Area of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Gordon Wood, Historian from Brown University relate the parallels of the American Revolution and the Arab Spring in beginning a new democracy.
Six Challenges for Egypt
Dr. Ziad Bahaa-Eldin delivers a keynote address about challenges Egypt must overcome. 24:25
Egypt's Economic Prospects
Ayman Hindy, from Capula Investment Management, Khaled Ismail, from Endeavor Egypt, and Sherif Kamel, from the American University in Cairo discuss the short and long term economic problems that face Egypt.
The Clock Cannot Go Back
Amr Darrag, from the Freedom and Justice Party, discusses the New Egypt with a bold Constitution that is addressing issues of freedom and equality while listening to the will of the people.
Waleed El-Haddad of the Freedom and Justice Party, retired General Sameh Seif Elyazal and Ziad Bahaa-Eldin discuss the deep political polarization in Egypt.
Amr Darrag, Ziad Bahaa-Eldin, Amr Hamzawy and Jon Alterman of CSIS critique the new Egyptian Constitution. Darrag of the Freedom and Justice Party led the effort to write the new document; Bahaa-Eldin and Hamzawy are opposition party members.
The U.S. Role in Egypt
Jon Alterman, CSIS Mideast Director, Amr Darrag, head of foreign relations committee of the Freedom and Justice Party, retired General Sameh Seif Elyazal and opposition politicians Amr Hamzawy and Ziad Bahaa-Eldin talk about the proper role for the United States in a democratic Egypt.