Upcoming POMED & Atlantic Council Event: Is Egypt’s Transition On or Off the Rails?
On Thursday, June 21, from 3:30pm-5:00pm the Project on Middle East Democracy and the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East will host “Is Egypt’s Transition On or Off the Rails?” Michele Dunne, Director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, will moderate a discussion between Bahey eldin Hassan, General Director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies; Mohsin Khan, Senior Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East; and Stephen McInerney, Executive Director of the Project on Middle East Democracy.
Join us as we discuss the implications of recent political decisions in Egypt. For example, it seems the Supreme Constitutional Court decision invalidating the law under which parliament was elected has thrown the Egyptian political scene into even greater confusion ahead of the second round of the presidential election. Egyptians face a critical moment in a sixteen-month-old political transition that has been shaky at best. Will the presidential election proceed peacefully and will the results be accepted by most Egyptians? How will various forces deal with the prospect of new parliamentary elections? What will the respective powers of the new president and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) be? How will these developments affect Egypt’s vulnerable economy? The panel will address this questions and more.
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Bahey eldin Hassan is the General Director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), an independent regional non-governmental organization founded in 1993 to promote respect for the principles of human rights and democracy in the Arab region. CIHRS has just released its annual report on human rights in the Arab region, entitled “Fractured Walls…New Horizons.”
Mohsin Khan is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East focusing on theeconomic dimensions of transition in the Middle East and North Africa. Dr. Khan was a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics since March 2009. Previously he was the Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department at the International Monetary Fund.
Stephen McInerney is the Executive Director of POMED. Previously, he was director of advocacy at POMED. He has more than six years of experience in the Middle East, including graduate studies in Middle Eastern politics, history, and the Arabic language at the American University of Beirut and the American University in Cairo.