The Middle East Institute is pleased to host Nathan Brown, Khaled Elgindy, and Hafez Al Mirazi for a conversation about recent political developments in Egypt. As the first ever Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate prepares to take office, a larger standoff looms between the SCAF and the Brotherhood over the future of the recently dissolved Parliament and the question of the constitution. Brown, Elgindy and Al Mirazi will examine these and other challenges facing Egypt on its rocky transition toward democracy.
Nathan Brown is a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University and a recipient of Fulbright grants to study in Egypt and the Gulf and teach in Israel. He is also a nonresident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of When Victory Is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics (Cornell Univ. Press, January 2012) and Palestinian Politics After the Oslo Accords: Resuming Arab Palestine (Univ. California Press, 2003), among other publications.
Khaled Elgindy is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he writes and speaks extensively about Egypt, among other topics. He most recently served with the Negotiations Support Unit in Ramallah as an adviser to the Palestinian leadership on permanent status negotiations with Israel (2004 -2009) and was a key participant in the most recent round of negotiations launched at Annapolis in November 2007. He is a founding member of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association (EARLA).
Hafez Al Mirazi is director of the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism at the American University in Cairo. Previously, he was the Washington Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera and host of its prominent Arabic weekly show "From Washington" (2000-07). Mr. Al Mirazi has almost thirty years of experience in electronic media, starting his career with Radio Cairo's Voice of Arabs in 1980. He currently hosts "Cairo Time," a current affairs weekly show broadcasting on Dream TV.
Charles Dunne is director of Middle East and North Africa programs at Freedom House. Prior to joining Freedom House, he spent 24 years as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving overseas in Cairo, Jerusalem, and Madras, India. He also serves as a scholar at the Middle East Institute.