All Eyes on Egypt

With Karin Weidner

In advance of the August conference on The Arab Spring we will discuss one aspect. Egypt led the way towards great change with the Arab Spring of 2011, a defining moment of hope and the possibility of a more democratic future. It took more than 60 years for Egypt to have its first democratically-elected Parliament and future President.

The first round of presidential elections in May 2012 opened the door for democratization but will the winner of the June 16-17 runoff -- between Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and the former Mubarak prime minister Ahmed Shafik -- slam it shut? 

According to David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times, Morsi and Shafik are the two most polarizing candidates, the ones who provoke the fiercest support and opposition. What will a Shafik or Morsi presidency look like and what are the implications for Egypt and those watching?


About Karin Weidner

Karin Weidner is a globalist at heart with a keen interest in international affairs.  She is a management professional with more than 20 years of experience leading organizations in both the private and non-profit sector.  Currently she works at Vancity as Change Management Project Coordinator.  Karin has a BA in Political Science/ International Relations from the University of Alberta, Diplomas from the Lester B. Pearson International Peacekeeping Centre in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, and a MA in Conflict Analysis and Management -- specializing in ethnic, political and security issues, from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia.  Karin has served on the Board of both private and public companies, is the past president of Capilano Community Services Society, past member of the District of North Vancouver Community Services Advisory Board, events volunteer with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and a member of the CIPA program committee.


Free event with limited seating, so please register.

Tuesday, June 28

Location: Upstairs at the Water Street Café, corner of Cambie.

Time: 6:30-9:30 pm

Admission: We each order and pay for our own dinner and drinks, plus 17% tip which also covers the private dining room.

RSVP: Karin Weidner,


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