Media Advisory: Egypt: An On the Ground Report on Elections and Transition A Discussion Sponsored by The Century Foundation

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Can the United States and the wider international community play a constructive role in strengthening Egypt’s transition to democracy? Both Hanna and Cambanis have extensive experience analyzing and commenting on Egyptian politics, and will have just returned from observing events on the ground in Egypt and will be able to provide up-to-the-minute analysis of these key issues.

Media Advisory

You are invited to cover:

Egypt: An On the Ground Report on Elections and Transition
A Discussion sponsored by The Century Foundation

When:        Friday, December 9, 2011, 1:00PM – 2:45PM

Where:        The Century Foundation, 41 East 70th Street, New York, NY

Who:        Thanassis Cambanis, Fellow, The Century Foundation
        Michael Wahid Hanna, Fellow, The Century Foundation

Contact:    Christy Hicks, hicks(at)tcf(dot)org, 212-452-7723
        Seating is limited. Media seats will only be reserved for those who RSVP.

Voting for Egypt’s parliament began on November 27th, amid widespread concern for the state of its democratic transition nearly nine months after massive demonstrations in Tahrir Square. Among the questions that will animate discussions over the next six weeks of voting: What is the state of the constitutional process? How powerful will Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood be in the new Parliament? What will be the future role of the Armed Forces? Can the United States and the wider international community play a constructive role in strengthening Egypt’s transition to democracy? Both Michael Wahid Hanna and Thanassis Cambanis have extensive experience analyzing and commenting on Egyptian politics, and will have just returned from observing events on the ground in Egypt and will be able to provide up-to-the-minute analysis of these key issues.

About the panelists:

Thanassis Cambanis is a journalist who has covered the Middle East for nearly a decade. The author of A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel, he writes “The Internationalist” column for the ideas section of The Boston Globe, where he served as a foreign correspondent in Iraq and the Middle East, and is a correspondent for The Atlantic. He is currently working on a book about the efforts of Egyptian revolutionaries to create a new political order after Mubarak.

Michael Hanna focuses on issues of international security, human rights, post-conflict justice and U.S. foreign policy in the broader Middle East. He has served as a consultant for Human Rights Watch in Iraq and as a senior fellow at the International Human Rights Law Institute, where he conducted research on post-conflict justice, victims’ rights under international law, and the Iraqi High Criminal Court. From 1999 to 2004, Hanna practiced corporate law. Before law school he was a Fulbright Scholar in Cairo, Egypt where he undertook research on the relationship between Egyptian nationalism and Arab nationalism in the inter-war period.

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