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Among the many initiatives undertaken by the Center for Middle East Studies, our Annual Conference is among the most invigorating and enlightening. We seek to bring scholars, policymakers, activists, and journalists of the highest caliber to DU to discuss and debate the most urgent topics of significance in the Middle East today.

2014 Annual Conference

What Went Wrong? Egypt's Failed Democratic Transition

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The Center for Middle East Studies presents a Daylong Conference Examining Egypt's Failed Democratic Transition

Friday, September 12, 2014
Panel Discussions: 9:15 am - 4:30 pm | Location: Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room

  • 9:15 - 9:30 am: Opening remarks - Ambassador Christopher Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School, and Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies
  • 9:30 - 11:00 am: The Role of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt's Democratic Transition
    • Mona El-Ghobashy, Independet Scholar
    • Joshua Stacher, Kent State University
    • Shadi Hamid, Brookings Institution
    • Emad El-Din Shahin, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • 11:15 am - 12:45 pm: Islamism, Liberalism, & Democratic Theory - Lessons from Egypt's Failed Transition
    • Andrew F. March, Yale University
    • Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto
    • Daniel Brumberg, Georgetown University and the United States Institute of Peace
    • Micheline Ishay, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
  • 3:00 - 4:30 pm: Ideology, Mass Media, Popular Culture, & the Public Sphere in Egypt - Explaining the Outbreak of Fascism
    • Mohamad Elmasry, University of North Alabama
    • Joel Gordon, University of Arkansas
    • Ellis Goldberg, University of Washington
    • Abdullah Al-Arian, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar
  • 7:00 - 10:00 pm: Screening of Jehane Noujaim's Documentary Film The Square Followed by a Panel Discussion & Open Forum,  Margery Reed Building Reiman Theater
    • Daniel Brumberg
    • Mohammad Fadel
    • Monah El-Ghobashy
    • Emad El-Din Shahin
    • Ellis Goldberg

Video from all conference panels will be available shortly!

CMES Conference 2013

Last year, our conference focused on the continuing violence - what some have labeled a civil war - in Syria. Entitled, "Resolving the Syrian Crisis," this year's conference brought scholars, journalists, and activists from around the world to DU for two days in January to discuss the domestic, regional and international implications of the upheaval, and the options open to the United States and international community in mediating the violence and assisting the state's political and social transition.

For more information about the conference, its participants, and presentations, visit the conference website.

In addition, you can find video of each conference panel - like the Keynote Panel below - on our YouTube Channel!