MEI Podcast, 7 September, 2012 Foundation for Middle East Peace, Middle East Institute, Churches for Middle East Peace, and Americans for Peace Now invite you to a program Stabilizing the Sinai Peninsula – An Agenda For Action with Ambassador (ret.) Arthur Hughes Former Director General of the Sinai Multinational Forces and Observers (MFO) and Geoffrey Aronson Director for Research and Publications Foundation for Middle East Peace Friday September 7, 12:00-1:30 PM Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC Rising lawlessness and violence and an increasing death toll in the Sinai Peninsula by terrorist and criminal elements since the fall of the Mubarak regime threaten the security of Egypt, Israel, and their 1979 peace treaty. The unresolved competition over governance in Egypt between the Muslim Brotherhood government led by President Mohammed Morsi on one hand and the Egyptian army on the other are complicating factors, as is the continued Israeli closure of Gaza, whose Hamas government has strong ties to the Egyptian Brotherhood. Hughes and Aronson will discuss the stakes for all the parties, including the U.S., and suggest what is needed to restore peace in the Sinai. Arthur Hughes, retired Foreign Service Officer, served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Departments of Defense and State and as Ambassador to Yemen before his appointment as Director General of MFO. Geoffrey Aronson is the Director of Research and Publications at the Foundation for Middle East Peace and the Editor of the Foundation's bimonthly Report on Israeli Settlement in the Occupied Territories. He has an M.Phil. from St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University and is the author of Israel, Palestinians, and the Occupied Territories: Creating Facts in the West Bank.