The Egyptian Ambassador Visits RAND

The RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy (CMEPP) hosted the Egyptian Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Nabil Fahmy, at a luncheon meeting in Santa Monica on August 17, 2000. Ambassador Fahmy was accompanied by The Honorable Hagar Islambouly, the Consul General of Egypt for the Western United States.

The event began with a brief welcome by RAND Vice President Michael Rich and an introduction by Center for Middle East Public Policy (CMEPP) Director Jerry Green. Bob Anderson, Head of the Information Sciences Group at RAND, followed with a presentation on the information revolution in the Middle East. Researcher Brian Nichiporuk then spoke about his ongoing work on demographics in the region. Dick Neu, Associate Director of Project AIR FORCE, concluded the RAND presentations by discussing RAND's recent efforts in Lebanon.

Ambassador Fahmy then spoke about the global importance of the Middle East. He maintained that the international community must focus on this key region given that political, social, and economic conditions there inevitably affect other regions as well. The information revolution is a primary impetus for this global integration. The Ambassador also suggested that Egypt's domestic agenda for the future is social rather than political. He concluded his remarks with a brief discussion of the Arab-Israeli peace process.

In attendance were CMEPP board members Odeh Aburdene, Roy Doumani, Maxwell Greenberg, and Donald Simon as well as a number of RAND staff members.