Political turmoil has dominated Egypt since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The recent takeover of the government by the Egyptian military and the arrest of the first democratically elected President, Mohammed Morsi, have thrown the largest U.S. ally in the Arab world into chaos.
There appears to be no easy resolution to the Army’s increasingly deadly crackdown on pro-Islamic protesters.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Frank Wisner will offer his insider’s perspective on events in Egypt and American options at a reception and discussion for The Common Good on Tuesday, October 1 at 6:30pm.
Frank Wisner served in Cairo from 1986 to 1991 and was sent to Egypt by President Obama in 2011 to negotiate with the Mubarak government.
Join us in October for an update on the ongoing crisis in Egypt with someone who knows the situation first-hand.
This event is full, please check our schedule for another event to attend.
About Ambassador Frank Wisner
Ambassador Frank G. Wisner’s diplomatic career spans four decades and eight American presidents. He served as ambassador to Zambia, Egypt, the Philippines, and India during his years in the State Department.After graduating from Princeton University in 1961, Frank Wisner joined the State Department as a Foreign Service officer. His first post was in Algiers immediately after it won independence from France. He then went to Vietnam, where he spent four years at the apex of the war.
Ambassador Wisner worked as a senior diplomat in Tunisia and Bangladesh before returning to Washington as Director of Plans and Management in the Bureau of Public Affairs. He joined the President’s Interagency Task Force on Indochina, the entity responsible for evacuating and settling nearly one million refugees and served as its Deputy Director.
Later, as Director of the Office of Southern African Affairs, Frank Wisner worked closely with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to launch negotiations with Zimbabwe and Namibia.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appointed Ambassador Wisner as the nation’s special representative to the Kosovo Status Talks in 2005 where he played a crucial role in negotiating Kosovo’s independence.
As foreign affairs adviser for Patton Boggs, Ambassador Wisner plays a pivotal role at the firm, leveraging his vast experience in the Middle East, India, Europe, and Asia to assist the firm’s domestic and international clients.