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Editor’s Notes

The people who attended the September lecture on Yemen by Dr. Roby Barrett were treated to an exciting and fact-filled discussion.  Unfortunately no audio track is available, but you can download Dr. Barrett's paper on Yemen, and on other topics, from his site by clicking here.


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Audio Available - Follow the link below and select the Play button below the title

Dr. John Deni: Beyond Crimea: The Future of Western Relations With Russia

Dr. Evan Ellis: Chinese Engagement With Latin America

Dr. Yale Ferguson: Turkey and the EU: The Context Changes Again

Dr. Mathew Kroenig - Time to Attack Iran?

Mr. Steven Cass - Gulfstream Aerospace and The World

Mr. Sadanand Dhoume - Rebooting U.S. India Relations

Dr. Stephen Blank - Putting Russia and the Ukraine in Context

Dr. Robert J. Bunker - The Dark Side of Globalization

Dr. Hal Brands - What Good is Grand Strategy?

Dr. Kevin Spooner - Partners Nevertheless Canadian American Relations Past and Present

Ms. Terry Smith-Labat, From Tall Ships to the Digital Economy

Mr. Frank Calzon, Cuba and U.S. Relations Under the Obama Administration

Dr. Raul Madrid, The Origins of the Two Lefts in Latin America

Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson, U.S. Higher Education Goes Global

Ms. Susan R. Johnson, The Demands of Contemporary Diplomacy

Dr. Michael Kraft, "Global Environmental Challenges"

Dr. Sean Lynn-Jones, "Why the United States Should Spread Democracy"

Dr. Marc Lynch, "Understanding Muslim Societies"

Sir James R. Mancham, "The Geo-Political Situation in the Indian Ocean"

Ms. Farah Stockman, "American Exceptionalism: Tales of a Journalist's Adventures in Kenya, Afghanistan and Iran"

Dr. Javier Corrales, "How 'Participatory Cancer' is affecting Venezuela and Beyond."  Click here.

Dr. Michael Baun,  "The Euro Zone Debt Crisis and the EU."  Click here.

Thomas Garret and Leslie Campbell, "The Arab Spring One Year Later:  Prospects for Democracy." Click here.

Lt. Col. Zumwalt,  "Bare Feet, Iron Will."  Click here.

Werner Fornos, "The One Billion Food Crisis." Click here.

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Egypt Under El-Sisi...and Where Do We Go From Here? | Print |  E-mail



Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.

Charles W. Dunne

Egypt is a significant power in the Middle East. It also drifted significantly to the wrong side of human rights and democracy through the military coup that overthrew the first democratically elected president in Egypt's modern history. It has allied itself with some of the most repressive powers in today's Middle East, it has flirted with alliance with Russia, and it is seeking new arms funding sources. What does this mean for the US relationship with Egypt, a cornerstone of America's power in the region? And what does all this portend for Egypt's stability, especially given its shaky economy and the threat of terrorism? Another uprising may be afoot, and the United States should carefully figure out how this might unroll and what its policy response should entail.
Charles W. Dunne is a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute, a member of the John Hay Initiative, and has recently advised two presidential campaigns on Near East policy.  He spent 24 years as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving overseas in Cairo, Jerusalem, and Madras, India. He was Foreign Policy Adviser to the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy at the Joint Staff in the Pentagon (2007-2008). He was director of Middle East and North Africa programs from 2011 to 2015 at Freedom House, where he focused on human rights and democracy promotion in the region. Prior to joining Freedom House, he was Director for Iraq at the National Security Council from 2005-2007. He served as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, where he contributed to the development of presidential initiatives to advance political reform and democracy in the Broader Middle East and North Africa. He is currently a Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. He is a frequent media guest on outlets such as BBC, al-Jazeera, and al-Hurra, and has appeared on CBS, Fox, and NPR.  He has written for numerous publications, including the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the American Interest, and The National in Dubai. He has often spoken in public on Middle East issues on panels and major conferences.


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