“The New Middle East:
Can Foreign Assistance Bolster the Arab Spring?”
Keynote Speech by
The Honorable Tamara Cofman Wittes
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs
Followed by a Panel Discussion with
John Norris, Executive Director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative, Center for American Progress
Ehaab Abdou, Co-founder, Nahdet El Mahrousa & the Federation of Egyptian Youth NGOs
Hisham Fahmy, Executive Director, AmCham Egypt (invited)
Susan Glasser, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy (moderator)
NEW ADDITION: Jacqueline Strasser, Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the President, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Thursday July 21, 2011, 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
The Glover Park Group, 1025 F Street NW, Ninth Floor, Washington, DC 20004
As the Arab Spring fades into summer, citizens of the region are continuing their calls for more political and economic freedom. Egyptians and Tunisians are pushing their governments for reforms, while in Syria and Yemen high expectations have met the harsh reality that change will be opposed by powerful forces. The optimism that pervaded the uprisings is tempered by the scale of the region’s challenges.
U.S. policymakers are confronting basic questions about the future of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Given the popular cries for rights, good governance, and employment, non-military foreign assistance could play a crucial role alongside trade and investment. But should the U.S. spend precious resources on development projects in the Middle East in the midst of economic troubles at home? And if we do, how can we get more out of every dollar we spend?
Join Foreign Policy and the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) for a discussion of these issues, building on MFAN’s recent release of a paper entitled “Charting a New Path for U.S. Foreign Assistance in the Middle East.”
SPACE IS LIMITED: Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sarah Tansey at 202-688-1089.