Amid civil wars, proxy rivalries, and seemingly entrenched authoritarianism, U.S. policies of democracy promotion in the Arab world are facing unprecedented challenges. Does the U.S. advancement of democracy in the Arab world have any future? What tools or leverage are still available to American policymakers? And what lessons can be drawn from the past?

Join the Carnegie Middle East Program to hear from a panel of scholars and former policymakers discuss the current state of affairs and a new book by former U.S. diplomat Mietek Boduszynski. 

A light lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m. The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. 


Mietek Boduszynski

Mietek Boduszynski is an associate professor at Pomona College and a former U.S. Foreign Service officer. He is the author of U.S. Democracy Promotion in the Arab World: Beyond Interests vs. Ideals.

Dafna Rand

Dafna Rand is the vice president for policy and research at Mercy Corps and a former deputy assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and has held positions on the National Security Council.

Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller is the deputy director for policy at the Project on Middle East Democracy and a nonresident scholar with the Carnegie Middle East Program. He served as the director for Egyptian and Israeli military issues on the National Security Council.

Frederic Wehrey

Frederic Wehrey is a senior fellow in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 

Nancy Okail

Nancy Okail is a visiting scholar at Stanford University and a longtime democracy activist. She was formerly the executive director of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP).