Democracy Assistance in Egypt: Risks and Lessons Learned


Elizabeth N. Spencer (Editor)

Series: Politics and Economics of the Middle East
BISAC: POL059000

For over 30 years, Egypt has been a key strategic partner of the United States and the recipient of billions of dollars of U.S. assistance. Starting with its revolution in January 2011, Egypt has undergone a series of political transitions. Shortly after the revolution, the U.S. government allocated $65 million in assistance for a range of activities to support Egypt’s progress toward democracy.

However, the Egyptian government objected to the U.S. government providing this assistance directly to NGOs, including to some that it viewed not to be registered under Egyptian law. In June 2013, the Egyptian government convicted employees of four U.S. NGOs. This book examines the extent to which the U.S. government identified and managed potential risks of providing U.S. democracy and governance assistance in Egypt; what support, if any, the U.S. government provided to the NGOs prosecuted by the Egyptian government; and the extent to which U.S. democracy and governance assistance in Egypt has been affected, if at all, by the prosecution of NGO workers.
(Imprint: Novinka)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Democracy Assistance: Lessons Learned from Egypt Should Inform Future U.S. Plans (pp. 1-34)
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 2 – Testimony of Charles Dunne, Director, Middle East and North Africa Programs, Freedom House. Hearing on ”The Struggle for Civil Society in Egypt” (pp. 34-40)

Chapter 3 – Testimony of Sam LaHood, Former Egypt Country Director, International Republican Institute. Hearing on ”The Struggle for Civil Society in Egypt” (pp. 41-52)

Chapter 4 – Testimony of Patrick Butler, Vice President-Programs, International Center for Journalists. Hearing on ”The Struggle for Civil Society in Egypt” (pp. 53-56)

Chapter 5 – Statement of Lila Jaafar, Senior Program Manager, National Democratic Institute. Hearing on ”The Struggle for Civil Society in Egypt” (pp. 57-60)

Chapter 6 – Egypt: Background and U.S. Relations (pp. 61-84)
Jeremy M. Sharp


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