Despite canceled flights and a lack of a credit card, Jawad Nabulsi drove a rented car eight hours from Chicago to make it to Chautauqua. That persistence is what got him to the Amphitheater 45 minutes prior to Tuesday’s morning lecture. It is also what got him through Egypt’s turbulent recent history.
Following yesterday’s first Middle East Update, Geoffrey Kemp will continue the program with Michelle Dunne at 3:30 p.m. today in…
In early 2011, the world watched in awe as Egyptian revolutionaries ousted President Hosni Mubarak from office after nearly 30 years in power. Removing an authoritarian leader was a momentous accomplishment, said Nancy Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers’ Middle East bureau chief, but the difficult part came afterward.
Nancy Youssef thinks that democracy may too often be glorified as a golden, infallible form of government, and that Americans may be too eager to throw it as a panacea toward any problem that arises.
Egypt has known struggle in the last few years. Since the Egyptian Revolution was born on Jan. 25, 2011, the country with the largest Arab population has had four presidents, seen unprecedented violence, and continues to experience corruption, repression and poverty. Twenty-five percent of the population lives under the poverty line, and 40 percent is illiterate.
During Dalia Mogahed’s last lecture at Chautauqua, a military coup was seizing power in her country of birth.
As Week Four’s examination of the Egyptian experience continues at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater, the director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies will moderate a discussion with spokesmen for two divergent contemporary Egyptian political perspectives.
When Dalia Mogahed took the Amphitheater stage twice last year, she remained calm and objective, bringing thoughtfulness, modesty and erudition to her display of a breadth of knowledge about Arab and American views of each other.
“Before there was an Arab Spring,” Brown University historian Gordon S. Wood told the Amphitheater audience on Tuesday, “there was an Atlantic Spring.”
The world’s preeminent scholar on the American Revolution is visiting Chautauqua Institution to offer context for the current political climate in Egypt.