If you live in the Pacific Northwest, I hope you can join us in a program of affirmation for the Egyptian Revolution, which I’ve organized (the program, not the Revolution) with the St. Mark’s Middle East Task Force. We will report on the events unfolding on the ground as well as what’s at stake for U.S. foreign policy in the region. I will focus on the impact that Israel is having on formulating our nation’s policy and how a democratic revolution may change the shape of the Israeli-Arab conflict:
Uprising in Egypt: Struggle for Democracy and Challenge to US Foreign Policy
Friday, Feb 18th 7:00-9:00PM
Saint Mark’s Cathedral – Bloedel Hall
1245 Tenth Avenue East
This round table will discuss the critical events unfolding in Egypt. This may be the largest non-violent movement in history that has no leader but is truly grassroots.
We will attempt a Skype interview with Alaa Badr from Tahrir Square.
The panel includes:
Steve Niva, Professor of International Politics and Middle East Studies at the Evergreen State College. His primary areas of research and writing include the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East; asymmetric warfare, counterinsurgency and political violence; and critical sovereignty studies. He has written for, and served on the editorial board of Middle East Report , and his recent writings have also appeared in Middle East Policy, Foreign Policy in Focus, Peace Review, Middle East International, Al-Ahram Weekly, The Seattle Times, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Common Dreams, and Counterpunch..
Richard Silverstein is a freelance journalist who writes the progressive political blog, Tikun Olam, about Israeli-Arab peace and Muslim-Jewish relations.
He has contributed to Haaretz, Jewish Forward, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian’s Comment Is Free, Al Jazeera English, and Alternet. His work has also been
in the Seattle Times, American Conservative Magazine, Beliefnet and Tikkun Magazine, where he is on the advisory board.
Tarek Dawoud is a student of Quran, a husband, a father, a software engineer and a computer nerd. Originally from Egypt, Tarek has been living in the Northwest for 10 years. He has been a speaker and presenter about Islam and a founding member of the Islamic Speakers’ Bureau of Seattle. He is currently the president of CAIR-Washington.
Ahmed Ayad grew up in Alexandria Egypt and moved to the US in 2000 to obtain a graduate degree in Computer Science. He is a software engineer at Microsoft and lives in Redmond with his wife and two children.