Posted by on December 09, 2011 in Blog

Today, we hosted a live-streamed brown-bag on the elections and the political future of Egypt. AAI President Jim Zogby moderated a panel with Rebecca Abou-Chedid, who recently served as an election observer with NDI, and Tarek Radwan, an Egyptian human rights activist. Rebecca and Tarek discussed the lead up to the elections and how they went, what’s happening on the ground now, and the vision for the future of Egypt and the Arab Spring. Watch the recording below in case you missed it:

More information on our guests:

Rebecca Abou-Chedid recently returned from observing the Egyptian elections with the National Democratic Institute (NDI). She is an associate in the project finance department at Chadbourne & Parke, LLC. Prior to joining Chadbourne, Rebecca was the Director of Outreach at the New America Foundation's Middle East Task Force and the National Political Director at the Arab American Institute. She currently co-chairs the Board of Just Vision, a non-profit organization that researches, documents, and creates media about Palestinian and Israeli grassroots leaders working in the fields of nonviolence and peace building.

Tarek Radwan is an Egyptian human rights activist specializing in international law and conflict resolution. He has worked for Human Rights Watch's MENA division and the United Nations mission (UNAMID) in Darfur as a Human Rights Officer. He currently provides consulting services on civilian protection and Middle East issues. You can read his articles at

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Today's event marked the first of AAI’s “Virtual Brown Bag Series.” Stay tuned for future discussions and familiarize yourself with our live stream website. To join fututre conversations, follow us at @AAIUSA and use the hashtag #AAIvirtualLunch.



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