Center for Strategic Communication

The American Security Project cordially invites you to a conference:

21st Century U.S.-Egypt Strategic Relations


“Egypt’s political and economic success is important, of course, not only for Egyptians, but it’s important for the region, for the United States, and the international community.”  John Kerry, Secretary Of State

Keynote Speaker – Amr Moussa

May 7th, 2014, 1pm – 6pm

Four Seasons Hotel, Washington DC

Speakers include:  Gen. Carter F. Ham, USA (Ret); HE Amb. Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE; Sen Norm Coleman; Mr. Gamal Helal; Mr. Dante Disparte, Mr. Khush Choksy, Mr. Basil El Baz

Check out the bios for all the participants here :  21st Century U.S.-Egypt Strategic Relations – Biographies 

Join us for in-depth look into the current state of Egypt, the challenges the nation faces, and the future outlook for the government and people.

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Panel One: U.S. Egyptian Strategic Relations – Moving Forward

Egypt is the most populous and traditionally, one of the most influential countries in the Middle East. The United States has had long-term military, cultural, and economic links with the country. Recently, due in part to lack of knowledge and understanding of political change in Egypt, that relationship has faltered.

This panel will discuss the importance of the relationship, and the key issues both Cairo and Washington will need to build upon to strengthen the partnership.

Chair: Ms. Lara Jakes

Panelists:  Senator Norm Coleman; Mr. Gamal Helal; Congressman Jim Kolbe 


Key Note Speaker: H.E. Amr Moussa

Amr Moussa is a leading Egyptian politician and diplomat who was the Secretary-General of the Arab League from 2001 to 2011. Previously he served in the government of Egypt as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1991 to 2001. Last September, he was elected president of the committee of 50 representing all segments of Egyptian society that authored the new constitution, which was subsequently approved in a referendum in January 2014.


Presentation: Terrorism and the Sinai 

Mr. Zack Gold


Panel Two: Counter-Terrorism & Regional Security

Egypt merits the attention and concern of all nations due to its natural position as the leader of the Middle East and Africa; its counter-terrorism efforts; the importance of securing its borders; the Suez Canal; and its key position on both the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.

This panel will discuss the recent terrorism spike in Egypt, its implications for the region, and what key issues both Cairo and Washington can focus on to overcome this terrorism threat.

Chair: LtGen. John Castellaw, USMC (Ret)

Panelists:  Gen. Carter F. Ham, USA (Ret); HE Amb. Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE


Panel Three: Investment Climate, and Entrepreneurship

Egypt is the largest economic market in the Middle East, with over 90 million people. An open and competitive economy, a politically stable government, and the potential for investment from nations around the world will be key in the growth and the sustainability of Egypt. Not only will this produce stability for the region, but it will also encourage entrepreneurship and the foreign investment that Egypt needs to be a strong American ally.

This panel will discuss the key economic changes Egypt will need to go through, as well as the vast business.

Chair: Mr. Nelson Cunningham

Panelist: Mr. Dante Disparte; Mr. Khush Choksy; Mr. Basil El Baz; Mr. Mustafa Abdel-Wadood


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Event Location:

Four Seasons Hotel – Corcoran Ballroom

2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007


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