Weighing the Options: Choices and Challenges for the Middle East (in Arabic)

April 5, 2017 - 11:00 am

Online Event (in Arabic)

Weighing the Options: Choices and Challenges for the Middle East (in Arabic)

An online event featuring:
Mr. Abdul Rahman AlAgeli 
Nonresident Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Ms. Sarah El Sirgany
Nonresident Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Dr. Nabeel Khoury
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Moderated by:
Mr. Mohamed Elmenshawy
Washington Bureau Chief
AlAraby TV Network

President Donald Trump confronts an array of difficult choices as he and his administration consider how to address the conflicts and problems in the Middle East that continue to threaten global stability. Please join us for an interactive online video discussion in Arabic with Hariri Center experts Abdul Rahman AlAgeli, Sarah El Sirgany, and Nabeel Khoury about the shifts in US policy towards the Middle East under the Trump Administration and how the new approach will impact regional conflicts and alliances, among other issues. The panelists will also share their views on whether the recently released Albright-Hadley Middle East Strategy Task Force report’s strategy is a valid vision to address the problems in the region. Mohamed Elmenshawy will moderate the discussion.

This event is part of the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Strategy Task Force initiative, co-chaired by former US Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and former US National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley. In November 2016, the co-chairs published their Task Force report that proposes a pragmatic and actionable Middle East roadmap that emphasizes the efforts of the people of the Middle East themselves supported by the long-term engagement of the international community, with an eye toward harnessing the region’s enormous human potential. 


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Please note that this is an online only event in Arabic. Please click here to watch. 

Send us your questions for the panelists using #ACMEST! We’ll be collecting questions starting March 22 and live during the event.


Abdul Rahman AlAgeli is currently a master’s candidate at the Department of War Studies in King's College London. AlAgeli is a former security file coordinator in the Office of the Libyan Prime Minister, where he was also deputy head of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Border Security. After graduating from the United Kingdom in economics and international business, and participating in the Libyan revolution, AlAgeli began working with the Stabilization Team of the Libyan Prime Minister’s Office in 2011, as well as the Supreme Security Committee and the Military Council. AlAgeli is also a founder of the Libyan Youth Forum, one of the largest and earliest youth organizations created during the revolution which aims to empower the youth in Libya, as well as being a founding member of the World Economic Forums Tripoli Global Shapers Hub and cofounder of the Malta International Crisis Center.

Sarah El-Sirgany is an award-winning, Cairo-based independent journalist and TV producer. She contributes to CNN, MENASource and the World Policy Journal, among other regional and international publications and networks. She is a nonresident fellow at the US-based Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, the Atlantic Council. Her research focuses on Egypt’s domestic and foreign policies, and media and social trends in the region. She conducts provincial training on new media and reporting for young journalists as part of Sahafet Welad El-Balad, a project supporting local journalism. She was the deputy editor of the Daily News Egypt and co-authored Diaries of the Revolution (published in Italian and Arabic). In 2011, she was listed by Forbes Middle East among 100 top Arabs with presence on Twitter. In 2014, she was named by Al-Monitor among 16 women journalists to watch in the Middle East. In 2015, she was part of the CNN teams that won the Association of International Broadcasters Award for their coverage of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the American University of Cairo, where she studied journalism and international relations.

Dr. Nabeel Khoury is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. His commentaries appear on the Atlantic Council’s MENASource blog, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, and on his own blog, Middle East Corner. After twenty-five years in the US Foreign Service, Khoury retired from the US Department of State in 2013 with the rank of minister counselor. He taught Middle East and US strategy courses at the National Defense University and Northwestern University. In his last overseas posting, Khoury served as deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in Yemen (2004-2007). In 2003, during the Iraq war, he served as Department spokesperson at US Central Command in Doha and in Baghdad. Khoury earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the American University of Beirut and his master’s and PhD in political science from the State University of New York at Albany. Before his Foreign Service career, Khoury was an assistant professor of political science at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, and earlier, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Jordan in Amman. Khoury has published articles on issues of leadership and development in the Arab world in The Middle East Journal, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and The International Journal of Middle East Studies.

Mohamed Elmenshawy is Washington bureau chief for Alaraby TV Network. Previously he worked as a resident scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC. He writes a weekly column for the Egyptian daily Al Shorouk News about the relations between the United States and the Arab world. Elmenshawy worked at the World Security Institute as editor-in-chief for two publications, Taqrir Washington and Arab Insight. He specializes in issues of democratization, political Islam, and US foreign policy in the Middle East. He recently testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, where he addressed the current state of Egypt, the situation in the Sinai Peninsula, its potential to affect American national security interests, and what the United States can do to help the Egyptians meet the challenges they confront.
He is a regular commentator on Middle East politics in major international and Arabic media outlets such as the BBC, CNN International, and Aljazeera. His writing regularly appears on Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy and the New York Times and others.