Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Blog

Last week we wrote to you about a national Arab American dialogue on the ongoing events in the Arab world, and what U.S. responses should be. Today, we will kick off that dialogue with a series of conversations about Egypt. 

Do the events of the last week in Egypt constitute a coup, as much of the media has described it and as the Obama Administration cannot call it? How should the United States now negotiate their diplomatic relationship with Egypt? What effect might cutting aid packages to Egypt have on the newly-established interim government? What steps can or should America take to encourage a free and democratic Egypt? How does what is transpiring in Egypt impact the broader region?

We hope you will join us, along with Arab American scholars, journalists, fellow community members and activists as we attempt to tackle these, and a wide range of questions and concerns the community may have. Check out the impressive list below and join us:

Tuesday, July 23nd 

1:00-1:45 p.m. EST Arab American Twitter Chat: #Egypt #AAIchat  

We’ll be asking questions and looking for you to chime in! To participate, simply follow and use the hashtags listed above with your personal Twitter account. Also be sure to follow @AAIUSA, our official handle, from which the conversation will be moderated. 

Wednesday, July 24th  

12:00-1:30p.m. EST Briefing on Capitol Hill: “Egypt: U.S. Policy Options Going Forward”

AAI will be hosting a briefing for members of Congress about recent events in Egypt. Video of the briefing will be available at shortly following the event. Brand new opinion polling conducted by Zogby Research Services about American attitudes toward Egypt, along with a host of their additional recent polling data on Egypt, will inform the conversation. 

4:00p.m. EST Arab American Google Hangout on #Egypt #AAIchat

You can watch this online video conference  via Youtube, and participate in on the conversation via Twitter and Google+

Thursday, July 25th 

1:00p.m. EST National Arab American Conference Call on Egypt

Even if you aren’t plugged into new media like Twitter and Google+, you can still be part of the conversation. Call in and share your thoughts on a call with AAI President Jim Zogby. To access the call, please RSVP to by 5:00 on Wednesday.

Some of the experts who look forward to hearing from you include:

Geneive Abdo is a Middle East/Southwest Asia Fellow at The Stimson Center. She is the author of three books, including No God but God: Egypt and the Triumph of Islam. (Twitter @AbdoGeneive)

Steven Clemons is the Washington editor-at-large of The Atlantic and Senior Fellow of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. (Twitter @SCClemons)

Michael Wahid Hanna is a Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation. He works on issues of international security, international law, and U.S. foreign policy in the broader Middle East and South Asia. (Twitter @mwhanna1)

Ashraf Hegazy is a political analyst on the Middle East and the U.S and Senior Associate at the Harvard International Negotiation Program. (Twitter @AshrafHegazy)

Hussein Ibish is a senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine and is a regular contributor to many American and Middle Eastern  publications. (Twitter @ibishblog)

Ashraf Khalil is a Cairo-based journalist and the author of Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation. He is also a correspondent for the Times of London and Foreign Policy. (Twitter @ashrafkhalil)

Nadine Wahab is a Human Rights Activist and Advocate, currently living in Cairo, Egypt. She is also frequent contributor to Huffington Post. (Twitter @nadoo)

Jim Zogby is the President and Founder of the Arab American Institute and the author of Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why It Matters. (Twitter @aaiusa)

The discussion has already begun on our website; click here to read analysis by independent contributors and much more. Be sure to look for additional information in the coming days, and to participate in our upcoming conversations about Palestine and Syria as well in the weeks ahead.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Maya Berry
Executive Director

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