Nathan Brown, George Washington University, presents, Egypt in Revolution, Saturday, April 21 from 3-5 p.m. in Woodward Hall on the University of New Mexico campus.

Students with a valid ID may attend the lecture free of charge. For members of the Albuquerque International Association, the admission is $15; $20 for non-members. Individuals can mail a check to AIA, PO Box 92995, Albuquerque, NM 87199, pay online at Albuquerque International Association or at the door.

Egypt is one of the most important, if not the most important Arab country in the world, yet little is known about the new and confusing mix of forces and politics that emerged following Mubarak's removal.

After being ruled by the same president for 30 years, Egypt has entered a period of prolonged political transition. While the various political actors in Egypt - the military, Islamist groups, revolutionary youth, labor unions, and so on - are well known, these forces are forging a new set of rules for political life in a very uncertain setting. What sort of political order will arise in Egypt? How stable will it be? How democratic will it be? And how will it affect Egypt's international position?

Nathan J. Brown is professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is a specialist on comparative politics of the Middle East. He is the author of six books and editor of two on Middle East politics; his most recent book is on Islamist movements and electoral politics in the Arab world, titled When Victory is Not an Option: Islamist Parties and Semiauthoritarian Politics in the Arab World, published by Cornell University Press. He has worked on Egyptian, Palestinian and Gulf politics.

Brown received his B.A. in 1980 from the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1983 and 1987. His doctoral dissertation was awarded the Malcolm Kerr Prize by the Middle East Studies Association. He taught for one year at Ben-Gurion University in Israel as a Fulbright fellow and received previous Fulbright grants to conduct research in Egypt and the Gulf. He has also conducted research funded by the United States Institute of Peace and served as a member of the international advisory committees for drafting the Iraqi and Palestinian constitutions. In 2009, he was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of New York for his work on Islamist political movements.

Following the lecture, a Jordanian cuisine dinner with the speaker is featured, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Sahara Middle Eastern Eatery, 2622 Central Ave. Menu: kafta in tahini sauce, rice, fattush, desert - baklava with custard or pistachios - and soft drinks.

Cost is $18 for AIA members, $23 for non-members. Mail checks by Wednesday, April 18. Dinner attendance is available on a pre-paid basis only.

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This event is supported by UNM, New Mexico Humanities Council, Lockheed Martin and Sandia National Laboratories.