The Egypt Dilemma: What should the U.S. do?
Egypt is in crisis and the promise of Tahrir Square in early 2011 a distant memory.
President Obama has strongly condemned the crackdown on protesters supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsi, but the administration has appeared reluctant to suspend its sizable military aid. Joint military maneuvers between the U.S. and Egypt planned for next month were cancelled by Washington, but U.S. policymakers are split on whether cutting off aid will help to stop human rights violations, or reduce America’s influence in Egypt. What are the options for U.S. policy in dealing with this escalating crisis? Saudi Arabia and the UAE have promised to make up any shortfall in financial aid to Egypt resulting from suspension of aid by the United States or the European Union, does that negate U.S. leverage?
Thursday, August 22, 2013, 10 AM
Human Rights First 805 15th Street, NW Suite 900 Washington, DC 20005
Director, Human Rights Defender Program, Human Rights First
Brian Dooley spent all of last week in Cairo where he spoke with human rights defenders and activists on the deteriorating situation.
International Advocacy Officer, Cairo Institute for Human Rights
Nadine Wahab is the International Advocacy Officer of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, a leading Egyptian human rights organization.
International Policy Advisor, Human Rights First
Neil Hicks is a member of the Egypt Working Group, which has strongly advocated for the United States to suspend its military aid to Egypt pending a restoration of basic rights and freedoms.