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AUC, Middle East Institute to hold workshop on US-Arab relations in Cairo

Ahram Online , Friday 27 Jan 2017
Nabil Fahmy
File photo of then-Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy speaks to members of the media during his meeting with the then Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington in 2014. (Photo: AP)
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A two-day conference on Arab-US relations in the light of the new US government will be held by the American University in Cairo (AUC) in collaboration with the Middle East Institute of Washington, D.C., starting Sunday.

In a press release, the AUC said the objective of the event is "to look for a way forward and to offer guidelines for decision makers for future action with concrete and creative suggestions on how to restore a solid Arab-American relationship that serves both the United State and the Arab world in the years to come."

The conference, which "will be the first of its kind in the Middle East" since the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States on 20 January, according to the release, will host speakers from the US, the Middle East, and Europe.

Former Egyptian foreign minister and dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at AUC, Nabil Fahmy, along with Wendy Chamberlin, former US ambassador and president of the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. will inaugurate the event.

"This workshop brings together prominent scholars, academics and practitioners to examine the dynamics of Arab-US relations in an emerging Middle East landscape. As events continue to unfold in these two different parts of the world, we hope to help set a future agenda that serves mutual interests,” said Fahmy as quoted in the press release.   

The experts invited to the event include Amr Moussa, former Egyptian foreign minister and 2013 presidential candidate; Frank Wisner, former US ambassador to Egypt;  Mohamed Tewfik, former Egyptian ambassador to the US; Professor Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat professor for peace and development at the University of Maryland; Paul Salem, vice president of MEI; and Nassif Hitti, former Arab League ambassador to Paris and Rome and professor at The American University of Beirut.

In collaboration with MEI, the conference is being organised by the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, the Prince Alwaleed Center for American Studies and Research at the American University in Cairo.

The workshop will be held from January 29 to 30 in Marriott Hotel in Cairo's Zamalek district.

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