Monday, October 6, 2008, Panel discussion about RELIGION AND STATE

Monday, October 6, 2008, Panel discussion about RELIGION AND STATE

The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) present:


Monday, October 6, 2008
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Reid Ballroom
1319 18th Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20036

What is the range of relationships between religion and state in the contemporary Middle East?  Are religiously motivated citizens able to effectively advocate and lobby for policies they prefer?  Are religious political parties and movements accepted as part of the political arena?  Are minorities allowed to participate equally in the political process so that they can protect their civil, political and religious rights?  Can international actors like the U.S. and the EU have a positive, legitimate, and effective impact in these areas, and if so, how?  What lessons can be drawn from the historical experiences on these issues in the U.S., the EU and the Middle East?

Panel discussion with:

Geneive Abdo, Fellow, The Century Foundation; author, No God but God: Egypt and the Triumph of Islam

Ibrahim al-Hudaiby photoIbrahim Houdaiby, Board member,, Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt

Bob Edgar, President, Common Cause; former General Secretary, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA

Dietmar Nietan, Foreign Policy Advisor to Martin Schulz (MEP), Chairman of the Social Democratic Parliamentary Group in the European Parliament

Moderated by Andrew Albertson, Executive Director, Project on Middle East Democracy

Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP by contacting: [email protected]