April 12, 2016, 12:00 pm - June 7, 2020, 12:02 am


SEIU Conference Center
1800 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036 (Map)

The Middle East Institute (MEI) was pleased to host Nabil Fahmy, former foreign minister of Egypt, for a discussion about Egypt's political and socioeconomic challenges and its role in regional politics and stability.

Egypt's government is under pressure to deliver economic development, good governance, and increased security in light of growing terrorist threats. These challenges come amid growing regional tensions- from the conflict in Syria to the war in Yemen. How can the state better meet its domestic objectives and how can Egypt play an effective role in brokering greater Middle East stability? MEI Vice President for Policy and Research Paul Salem moderated.

H.E. Nabil Fahmy served as minister of foreign affairs in Egypt's interim government from July 2013-June 2014. Assuming control of foriegn policy during Egypt's political transition, Minister Fahmy steered the course of the country's diplomacy though a critical phase. Over his distinguished diplomatic career, he has held numerous senior positions, including ambassador to the U.S.

Paul Salem is vice president for policy and research at The Middle East Institute. He focuses on issues of political change, transition, and conflict as well as the regional and international relations of the Middle East.  He has a particular emphasis on the countries of the Levant and Egypt. Salem writes regularly in the Arab and Western press and has been published in numerous journals and newspapers. Salem is the author of a number of books and reports including Bitter Legacy: Ideology and Politics in the Arab World (1994), Conflict Resolution in the Arab World (ed., 1997), Broken Orders: The Causes and Consequences of the Arab Uprisings (In Arabic, 2013), “The Recurring Rise and Fall of Political Islam” (CSIS, 2015), “The Middle East in 2015 and Beyond: Trends and Drivers” (MEI 2014). Prior to joining MEI, Salem was the founding director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Lebanon between 2006 and 2013.  From 1999 to 2006, he was director of the Fares Foundation and in 1989-1999 founded and directed the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Lebanon's leading public policy think tank.