International Town Hall: Egypt and the Struggle for Democracy

International Town Hall: Egypt and the Struggle for Democracy

America Abroad partnered with public radio station KCRW and Egyptian channel ONTV to host a groundbreaking international town hall connecting audiences and a panel of experts in LA 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
  • 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.  

Produced by Samantha Fields, Christian Bordal and Haitham Sawy / Edited by Martha Little with additional production help from Flawn Williams / Special thanks to Tina Morris, Jeff Gartenbaum, Mark Boalt and Boalt Media Group, Taryn Olsen, Megan Gersch, Nan Lieberman, Rasha Elshamy, John Youhanna, Osama Shaaban, Hafez Kayali, Bahaa El-Taweal and Joey Kahn / Web Editor: Philippa Levenberg / Photo credit: AP Photo/Khalil Hamra Hosts: Madeleine Brand and Ramy Radwan / Length: 51 minutes 

Supported By: 
Henry Luce Foundation