Islamists, Secularists, and the Future of Egypt
Two years after Egyptian uprisings toppled the Mubarak regime, instability grips the country and ideological tensions among secular and Islamist factions have continued to dominate Egyptian politics. New political parties and coalitions are emerging, but the Muslim Brotherhood has maintained widespread influence. Please join us for a discussion of the political challenges facing Egypt and the outlook for the Muslim Brotherhood with Dr. AbdulMawgoud Dardery, spokesperson of the foreign relations committee of the Freedom and Justice Party and a former member of Egypt's post-revolution parliament.
National Interest's Paul R. Pillar discusses three problems with the fear of Islamist threat to democratization in Arab countries.
Ed Husain leads a wide-ranging discussion with AbdulMawgoud Dardery of the political challenges facing Egypt and the Freedom and Justice Party's vision for the country's future.
"It will be nearly impossible for observers to do a credible job under the present conditions in Egypt. And even if the referendum goes smoothly, it is not at all clear that the vote will make a meaningful contribution to getting Egypt back onto a democratic path. Observers and foreign governments, including the United States, would do well to make sure that their engagement and statements keep the focus on the big picture of Egypt's worrisome trajectory."