GAPP News and Events
New Yousef Jameel Leadership Fund to Support 300 AUC Fellows
Yousef Jameel, a prominent Saudi business leader, philanthropist, long-time supporter and devoted alumnus of The American University in Cairo, has established the Yousef Jameel School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) Public Leadership Fund to support 300 fellows in 12 cohorts of 25 Egyptian graduate students per year. "I have always believed that investing in education and in our youth is the way forward," said Jameel. "The American University in Cairo, my alma mater, is a proven leader in providing the kind of liberal arts education that equips graduates with the critical-thinking skills and broad knowledge they need to compete and excel in today's globalized world."
The Yousef Jameel GAPP Public Leadership Fund addresses a growing need to develop a cadre of highly skilled Egyptian professionals in the areas of public policy and administration, journalism, advocacy and law. Ambassador Nabil Fahmy, dean of GAPP, said that this initiative provides an extraordinary opportunity to train a new generation of Egyptian leaders to serve their country and to shape its future, "The fund is a singular expression of generosity and vision that comes at a time of historic transition in the Arab world. It is testimony to the widespread recognition of the importance of developing new leadership fully committed to good governance and cogent policymaking with efficient implementation." Read More>>
Egypt's Foreign Policy: A Look into the Future
On March 7, 2012, as part of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy's Tahrir Dialogue series, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Kamal Amr met with Ambassador Nabil Fahmy, dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, to discuss how Egypt's foreign policy has changed following the January 25 Revolution. The event was held at Ewart Memorial Hall, AUC Tahrir Square. Read more>>
Winter 2012 Issue of The Cairo Review of Global Affairs Out
The Winter 2012 issue of The Cairo Review features a special report on Turkey, a regional powerhouse that is playing an important role in the new Middle East. The Interview was conducted with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoğlu. Veteran journalist Hugh Pope contributes to the lead story on Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s remarkable decade in power. Turkish writers Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, Mustafa Akyol and Ebru İlhan offer insights on foreign policy, Islam and education. The issue also contains an extract from Steven A. Cook’s new book, The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square.
The Arab- Spring: One Year On
On February 6, the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and the Middle East Studies Center hosted a panel discussion with members of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.
Panel Discussions in Cooperation with the Japan Foundation
On February 6, the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, in cooperation with the Japan Foundation, hosted panel discussions titled “Japan in Decline? Power Transition in Asia and its Implications,” “The Political Regime of Japan" and "Democratic Dilemma in Japan.”
The Photographic Gallery, in cooperation with the Rare Books and Special Collections Library and Archives at The American University in Cairo, featured a monthlong photographic exhibition by one of Egypt's greatest photographers. The exhibition, titled Van-Leo: A Rare Look, featured portraits of prominent Egyptian celebrities including Taha Hussein, Omar El Sherif, Farid El Attrash, Mariam Fakhr El Din, Muhammad Abdel Wahab, Dalida, Youssef El Sebai and Roushdy Abaza, as well as unique views of Cairo and the pyramid.
"Refugees to and from the Arab Spring"
The promise of greater democracy in the Arab world presents both opportunities and risks for refugees who flee to Arab states. However, the often violent process of political change has also led some people to flee from Arab states to seek asylum in other regions. In a seminar titled "Refugees to and from the Arab Spring," an overview of the common trends in the democratization processes and human rights discourse emerging from the Arab Spring were presented. The seminar also explained how these trends might affect refugees in the region and how people fleeing the Arab Spring have fared as asylum-seekers.
GAPP Executive Education Workshops
The School of Global Affairs and Public Policy's Executive Education unit continued to offer its Free and Fair Elections programs in 2012, promoting an effective transitional move to create a new Egypt. Offered in partnership with prominent institutions and entities, such as The George Washington University, Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, International Foundation for Electoral Systems, as well as the Embassy of Finland and the Embassy of Ireland, the workshops aim to raise awareness of contemporary political issues. Read more>>
Dean Nabil Fahmy Joins UN and Arab League Councils
Ambassador Nabil Fahmy, professor of practice in international diplomacy and dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, was granted membership in both the United Nations Trust Fund Advisory Board on Human Security and the Independent Advisory Committee of the Arab League, which was initiated by the league's Secretary-General Nabil Al Araby. Read more>>
Hamid E Ali, GAPP Faculty and Expert on Economic Growth through Peace
By Nora ElHariri, journalism and mass communication major, AUC
Hamid Ali, professor of public policy at the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, has recently been selected to serve on the editorial Digest of Middle East Studies, as well as the editorial board of the Economists for Peace and Security journal. Read more>>
Visit of Vietnam Delegation to GAPP
On March 18, public policy officials from Vitenam visited the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy to learn about its program offerings. The Vietnamese officials were impressed with the GAPP programs and are exploring the possibility of offering a customized through the executive education unit. AUC attendeees included Laila El Baradei, associate dean of GAPP; Jennifer Bremer, chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration; Hamed Ali, assistant professor of public policy and administration; Thomathy Dolan, professor of public policy; Dina Wafa, director of GAPP Executive Education; and Assmaa Ahmed, GAPP external affairs unit manager. The Vitenamese delegation included Nguyen Tien Dinh, deputy minister at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA); Chu Van Thanh, director of MOHA's training department; Vu Viet Thin, director of the international relations department; Nguyen Quoc Tuan, director of the financial planning department; Nguyen Xuan Binh, chief of staff at MOHA; Ta Van Sy, deputy director of MOHA; Lai Duc Vuong, vice rector at MOHA's Civil Servant Training School; Trieu Van Cuong, rector at the Hanoi University of Home Affairs, MOHA; and Tran Trung Kien, Expert Training Department, MOHA.
Free and Fair Elections Workshops in Minya and Sharkeya
As part of its Free and Fair Elections program, the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy's Executive Education unit, in collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation, conducted four workshops in the governorates of Minya and Sharkeya from March 21 to 27. The workshops focused on a variety of topics, from monitoring and observing the election process to participating in civil society organizations, as well as effective journalism pertaining to elections and media professionals. Covering different topics related to policymaking in Egypt, GAPP Executive Education will continue to conduct workshops in various other governorates in order to achieve a national outreach. GAPP Executive Education has already delivered several programs in Cairo, Assiut and Alexandria, and will continue to extend its efforts to reach a wider scale in Egypt and the region.
GAPP and Hertie School Online Discussion
Hend Abd Almotagally, journalism and mass communication major, AUC
A videoconferencing session took place on March 7 between the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and Hertie School of Governance in Germany, represented by students, staff members and journalists, including the Egyptian journalist Abeer Saadi. The main theme of the discussion was social media and the Arab Spring, and it focused mainly on the current role of social media in the Arab Spring and its future role in relation to traditional media. On the AUC side, graduate students and staff members from GAPP, as well as the Student Union, attended the session. Read more>>
For more information about the event, visit the Hertie School Web site
Online Discussion with U.K.-Based Bradford University
On March 20, Laila El Baradei, associate dean of GAPP, and Magda Shahin, director of the Prince Alwaleed American Studies Center, coordinated an online discussion between graduate students from the Department of Public Policy and Administration and graduate students from the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. Hamid Ali, assistant professor of public policy and administration, participated in the event. Enrolled in a course titled Middle East Areas in Conflict, Bradford students were led by Professor Alam Saleh. Both groups of students exchanged opinions and perspectives regarding the Arab Spring, the role of youth and women in the revolution, and the influence of social media. Questions were raised on both sides regarding the most likely scenarios and policies to be pursued by the Middle East and Europe after the Arab Spring; as well as the impact on relations with Israel, Syria and other Arab countries.
Journalism and Mass Communication Faculty and Students at New Arab Debates
Students enrolled in two courses, Current Issues in Mass Communication and Communication and Media Arts Capstone, attended the New Arab Debates program hosted by Tim Sebastian on March 31. The students were accompanied by Naila Hamdy, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication. AUC students joined young professionals, political activists and their peers from other universities to participate in the debating series broadcast from Cairo, thanks to the currently relaxed censorship restrictions in parts of the Arab world. The motion under debate was: "This house believes that the Egypt peace treaty with Israel has been a failure." Read more>>
Ten new faculty members have joined the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
GAPP Holds Undergraduate/Graduate Honors Assembly
On February 2, members of the AUC community gathered for the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy Honors Assembly. This year’s celebration marks the first one to be held in honor of GAPP’s top undergraduate graduate students. The students honored came from different disciplines including public policy and administration, journalism and mass communication, law, television and digital journalism, and Middle East studies. The event was attended by faculty members, parents and students who gathered at Bassily Auditorium to cheer on the honorees.
Study Tour in Turkey (Winter 2012)
During the Winter 2012 break, the public policy and administration department, in partnership with the Turkish ambassador in Egypt, organized a study tour to Turkey for a select group of public policy and administration graduate students. Led by Laila El Baradei, associate dean of GAPP, the group spent a busy week between Ankara and Istanbul visiting public organizations, think tanks and political parties.
Study Tour in The Arab League Headquarters (Winter 2012)
Eighteen graduate students enrolled in a winter course titled Special Topics in Public Policy and Administration: Security Challenges in the Middle East: A Negotiation and Simulation of Global Affairs engaged in an on-site simulation and negotiation exercise at the Arab League headquarters in Tahrir Square. The students were led by Sameh Aboul-Enein, faculty member in the public policy and administration department. This educational interactive practice in diplomacy and conflict resolution was in cooperation with Ambassador Wael Alassad of the Arab League.
GAPP Fun Day
GAPP organized its first Fun Day on Saturday October 29 at the AUC Sports Center. The fun day was a chance for students, staff and faculty to interact in a non-academic environment.
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