Trump's Foreign Policy and the Middle East (September 19, 2018) with Professor William Quandt, Former Staff, National Security Council and Emeritus Professor University of Virginia and Professor Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland.
This panel discussed Trump's Distinctive Foreign Policy: What it Means for the Middle East (Professor William Quandt) and What Do the Polls Say? (Professor Shibley Telhami). To view a video recording of this panel, click here.
"A Two Culture Problem? A Personal Account of Success" (November 14, 2018). Speaker: Amr Shaarawi - Professor, Department of Physics and Chair, AUC Senate.
Commentator/Discussant: Tahia Abdel Nasser - Associate Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature and Director, Graduate Studies.
Chair: Bahgat Korany - Professor, Department of Political Science and Director, AUC Forum
The debate on science versus literature and the arts has been raging since novelist CP Snow raised the issue in the University of Cambridge's Rede Lectures in 1959. In 2008, the Times Literary Supplement included Snow's book in its list of 100 books that most influenced Western public discourse since World War II.
Is our liberal education a way out of this schism between science and literary entrepreneurship?
Is there a third way out of this educational apartheid?
Coming from a background of physics but also an award-winning novelist, Professor Amr Shaarawi will present his experience to guide us. Professor Tahia Abdel Nasser on the literature side will comment and elaborate. To view a video recording of this panel click here.
"Camp David at 40" - كامب ديفيد بعد اربعين عاما (September 18, 2018) with: Nabil ElAraby, Former Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Former Secretary General of the League of Arab States; Bassma Kodmani, Executive Director and Co-founder of the Arab Reform Initiative; Professor William Quandt, Former Staff, National Security Council and Emeritus Professor University of Virginia; Professor Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland. The Conference included a Personal Message From President Jimmy Carter. To read the message click here.
In the conflict-ridden Middle East, the 1978-Camp David Peace Accords between Egypt and Israel are a milestone. This 13-day meeting under the leadership of U.S. President Jimmy Carter took place like a suspense story, a thriller movie, with delegations occasionally packing to leave rather than continuing negotiations. In fact, skepticism about the results continued until the very end. Just before signing the accords, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Kamel resigned his post, becoming the second Egyptian foreign minister to resign in less than a year.
The Camp David Accords are a milestone in another sense. With the biggest Arab country signing a unilateral peace treaty with the Arab world’s traditional enemy while a state of war still existed after four regional wars, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat set a new foreign policy behavior that will determine the region’s future. In retrospect in 2018, we can indeed talk about the Camp David Regional Order. In addition to Carter’s substantive message, this international one- day conference will gather well-known experts, some participated in the conference back in 1978, to recollect, inform and analyze.
To view a video recording of this conference click here.
1. "Egypt, the Middle East and the World: A New Paradigm of Humanity?" (March 13, 2017) with El Mostafa Higazy, founder of the NASAQ Foundation, humanist, strategic thinker and authority on institutional sustainable development, and national strategic adviser to Egypt’s former interim President Adly Mansour, as well as Bahgat Korany, professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the AUC Forum.
This panel discussed the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and delived into how the world left the Industrial Age behind. The 2011 Arab Spring and the global Occupy movement signaled the dawn of the post-industrial and post-knowledge human paradigm. For Egypt, the Middle East and the world, is this a time for disruption, or a time of constructive sociopolitical and socioeconomic evolution? How has Egypt handled this double leap and where next? To view a video recording of this panel, click here.
2."Hope and Disappointment in Politics: Women and the Egyptian Uprising" (March 29, 2017) with Nermin Allam who is a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, will be the main speaker along with Bahgat Korany, professor and director of the Department of Political Science and AUC Forum.
This talk focused on the oral history of women's engagement in the January 25th uprising. It documented women’s accounts in this important historical juncture and situates their experience within the socioeconomic, political trajectories and historical contours of Egypt. To view a video recording of this panel, click here.
“Managing Middle East Diversity: the Modalities” (April 23-24, 2017)
Though dominated by the Arabic language and Islam, the nearly 500 million people of the Middle East today display great ethnic and cultural diversity. Though a potential asset, diversity can also cause tension, threatening the state itself.
The AUC Forum and Ibn Khaldoun Center hosted this international conference to examine the strategies devised to manage diversity either destructively or creatively. The emphasis was on the modalities to get out of this conflictual dilemma. Where are the hopeful examples, and what can be learned from them? Is a balance-sheet of different models available/possible to guide the future of the region?
The conference brought together ethnic and religious scholars, policy professionals, and diverse young leaders to offer their perspectives on how to reach such constructive modalities and initiate a new phase in the Middle East.
The AUC Forum and the Ibn Khaldoun Center hosted this international conference to examine the strategies devised to manage diversity, either destructively or creatively. The emphasis was on the modalities in which to appease the conflictual dilemma. Where are the hopeful examples, and what can be learned from them? Is a balance-sheet of different models available/possible to guide the future of the region?
The conference brought together ethnic and religious scholars, policy professionals and diverse young leaders to offer their perspectives on how to reach such constructive modalities, in order to initiate a new phase in the Middle East.
To view the conference agenda, click here.
To view the videos of the conference sessions, please click here.
APSA MENA Workshop (June 3, 2017)
International closed workshop held in cooperation with American Political Science Association for manuscript development for early career MENA-based scholars.