International Town Hall: Egypt and the Struggle for Democracy


America Abroad explores what lies ahead for Egypt’s fragile democracy in this international town hall discussion connecting audiences and a panel of experts in Los Angeles and Cairo.

The conversation explored the Muslim Brotherhood’s future in Egyptian politics; the role of Islam in politics and public life; what the military’s recent government takeover means for Egypt’s fragile democracy; and how Americans perceive recent developments in Egypt.

The town hall was co-hosted by America Abroad’s Madeleine Brand and ONTV host Ramy Radwan. Radwan is the co-presenter of Sabah ON, ONTV’s live morning show, covering news and public affairs in Egypt.

Los Angeles panelists:

  • Sarah Eltantawi – Post-Doctoral Fellow in Arab Studies at the University of California Berkeley, specializing in political Islam in the contemporary Muslim world; and
  • Maha Awadi – an Egyptian-American host, producer and media consultant who lived and worked in Egypt for 14 years.

Cairo panelist:

  • Ambassador Raouf Saad – Former Assistant Foreign Minister of Egypt.

The town hall is airing as the October, 2013 episode of America Abroad and on ONTV in Egypt.


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