10:30 am EST - 12:00 pm EST

Past Event

Egypt’s Constitutional Referendum: What Comes Next?

Monday, December 17, 2012

10:30 am - 12:00 pm EST

Brookings Institution
Saul/Zilkha Rooms

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC

This event was broadcast live on C-SPAN2. The full video is available on

On December 15, Egyptians voted on a new constitution. The vote was intended to be the culmination of Egypt’s journey from authoritarianism to democracy, but it occurred amid a political crisis and, regardless of outcome, will not resolve tensions. What can the United States do to help ensure Egypt moves toward stable democracy? How will the U.S. relationship with Egypt emerge from this crisis?

On December 17, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings hosted a discussion to explore these and other questions about Egypt’s constitutional referendum and its effect on U.S.-Egyptian relations. Panelists included Brookings Fellow Khaled Elgindy and Fellow Shadi Hamid, director of research for the Brookings Doha Center, who appeared via video conference from Doha. Senior Fellow Tamara Cofman Wittes, director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, moderated the discussion.

After the program, panelists took audience questions.