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Feb 09

Harnessing Liberty: Championing Democracy and Countering Islamist Extremism in Egypt and Beyond

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Mounting protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule have led him to announce that he will not run in the upcoming elections scheduled for September. The cataclysmic developments in Egypt over the last week could create a ripple effect against authoritarian regimes across the region. How should Washington pursue goals of promoting democracy and countering extremism amidst the changing political landscape in the Middle East and beyond? Join us as our panel of distinguished experts discusses the relationship between promoting individual liberty, religious freedom, and democracy and fighting extremism and terrorism as well as how the United States can effectively engage on these issues in pivotal Muslim-majority countries such as Egypt, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Turkey. This program will also mark the release of a new Heritage Backgrounder Championing Democracy Abroad to Promote Liberty and Counter Islamist Extremism.

More About the Speakers

Sam Tadros
Senior Partner at the Egyptian Union of Liberal Youth

James Phillips
Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, The Heritage Foundation

Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi
President of WORDE (World Organization for Resource Development and Education)

Lisa Curtis
Senior Research Fellow on South Asia, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation

Hosted By

Walter Lohman Walter Lohman

Director, Asian Studies Center Read More