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Conference: “Democracy and Good Governance in Muslim-Majority Countries: Lessons from the Last 20 Years”

September 12, 2019 @ 08:30 - 17:00

20th Annual Conference of the Center for the

Study of Islam & Democracy

The Georgetown University’s Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies, and the Center for Global Policy are hosting a conference entitled “Democracy and Good Governance in Muslim-Majority Countries: Lessons from the Last 20 Years.”

Featuring Keynote Speaker Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy and four distinguished panels.


Thursday, September 12, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Copley Formal Lounge
3700 O St NW, Washington, DC
Georgetown University Main Campus


Keynote: Carl Gershman (President, National Endowment for Democracy)

Carl Gershman is President of the National Endowment for Democracy, a private, congressionally supported grant-making institution with the mission to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through non-governmental efforts. In addition to presiding over the Endowment’s grants program in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union and Latin America, he has overseen the creation of the quarterly Journal of DemocracyInternational Forum for Democratic Studies, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program, and the Center for International Media Assistance.



Democracy and Good Governance in Islamic Thought

Chair: Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana University)

Panelists: John Voll (Georgetown University); Najib Ghadbian (University of Arkansas); Ali Abootalebi (University of Wisconsin); H. A. Hellyer (Royal United Services Institution, UK; and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, USA)

Whither Egypt? Eight Years After the Arab Spring

Chair: Tamara Sonn (Georgetown University)

Panelists: Peter Mandaville (George Mason University); Dalia Fahmy (Long Island University); Nathan Brown (George Washington University); Michelle Dunne (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Jamal Khashoggi, Human Rights, and the U.S.-Saudi Alliance

Chair: Nader Hashemi (University of Denver)

Panelists: Sarah Leah Whitson (Human Rights Watch); William D. Hartung (Center for International Policy); Abdullah Alaoudh (Senior Fellow, ACMCU)

Tunisia and the Enduring Hope of Democracy in the Arab World: Roundtable

Host: Radwan Masmoudi (President, CSID)

Panelists: Andrew March (University of Massachusetts, Amherst); Daniel Brumberg (Georgetown University); Others TBA