Friday, October, 12, 2012

Witness to a Revolution: Barak Barfi on Egypt, Libya, and Syria, New America Foundation, Washington DC

Witness to a Revolution: Documenting Visits to Egypt, Libya, and Syria Friday, October 12, 2012 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. New America Foundation 1899 L St. NW Suite 400 Washington DC, 20036 The attack on the American mission in Benghazi once again highlighted the dangers the United States faces in a tumultuous region. The post-revolutionary government is too weak to impose its authority throughout the country as anti-Western movements proliferate and exploit the security vacuum to build their infrastructure. In Egypt, a young and inexperienced democratically elected government is trying to navigate between society’s desire to distance itself from Washington and the economic needs that have forced Cairo to historically seek a superpower benefactor. At the same time, jihadists have established a presence in the remote Sinai peninsula. And in Syria, a popular revolution has degenerated into a civil war exploited by foreign extremists that has regional ramifications as Iran, Israel, and Hezballah jockey to preserve their clout and prevent their adversaries from profiting from the turmoil. Please join the New America Foundation’s National Security Studies Program for a conversation with Barak Barfi as he discusses his recent visits to Egypt and Syria, where he traveled to the province of Aleppo and met with rebel leaders, as well as the six months he spent in Libya during the 2011 revolution. Featured Speakers Barak Barfi Research Fellow, New America Foundation Peter Bergen Director, National Security Studies Program, New America Foundation To RSVP for the event, click on the red button or go to the event page: http://newamerica.net/events/2012/witness_to_a_revolution For questions, contact Stephanie Gunter at New America at (202) 596-3367 or gunter@newamerica.net. www.NewAmerica.net