Egypt is at a crossroads. For eighteen days in 2011, a popular peaceful uprising spread across the country and ultimately forced President Hosni Mubarak to cede power to the military. But for a nation recovering from decades of political stasis and the recent throes of uprising, 2012 has thus far yielded increasingly polarized politics, tension, and public discontent. As Egyptians continue to rebuild their country amidst the two prevailing political forces—the military and the Muslim Brotherhood—how should we consider the government’s ongoing transition?
Listen in to a conversation about Egypt’s pivotal developments, looming political and social challenges, and how the country’s critical transformation will affect the region. Participants include: Craig Charney is president of Charney Research; Ashraf Khalil, author and journalist; and the Honorable Frank G. Wisner, foreign affairs advisor, Patton Boggs LLP and former U.S. ambassador to Egypt. Rachel Bronson, vice president of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, moderates.
Recorded Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at The Chicago Club.