Destruction of the Liberal Democratic Alternative in Egypt
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Oct , 10, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Antlers, A Wyndham Property


Egyptians made their voices heard in 2011 through “peaceful” revolution, which resulted in the ouster of then president Hosni Mubarak.  Six years later, Egypt has taken a turn to authoritarianism and faces many challenges to its democratic process including accusations of human rights abuses, a tenuous economy, poverty, and environmental and urbanization issues.  Is the destruction of the liberal democratic alternative in Egypt imminent?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

5:30 p.m. Reception

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Program and Q&A

Registration Deadline Friday, October 6, 2017


Dr. Ann M. Lesch,     Published Author and Emeritus Professor of Political Science at The American University in Cairo.


Antlers Hilton

Four S. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs

(underground parking validated)








Dr. Ann Lesch brings her long and insightful connections to Cairo to address these questions. A graduate of Swarthmore College, Dr. Lesch earned her PhD from Columbia University and has studied the Middle East since she first went to Cairo as a student in 1968.  She has worked in a variety of policy, research, advocacy, and development organizations including The Foreign Policy Research Institute, The American Friends Service Committee, and The Ford Foundation.

Dr. Lesch was a Middle East associate for Universities Field Staff International in Cairo, and a Fulbright teaching fellow, researcher and professor.  She has spent many years living and working in the Middle East, studying Egyptian, Sudanese, and Palestinian politics.  She has served on the advisory committees for Human Rights Watch, Middle East Report, and the Palestinian American Research Center, which she cofounded and directed.  She is a past president of the Middle East Studies Association.

The author of 11 books and over 60 academic articles and book chapters on the region, she is a retired professor at the American University in Cairo.


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