Participating in the Bush Institute conference on human freedom

On May 26, 2011, I took part in one of the panels of the Bush Institute Conference on Human Freedom, alongside many distinguished colleagues from around the world. The conference gave me the chance to meet with President Bush for the first time since his departure from the White House.

The second panel, “The Future of Freedom on the Middle East,” moderated by Bush Institute executive director Jim Glassman, featured stories from the frontlines told by Ammar Abdulhamid, Founder and Director, Tharwa Foundation; Khadija Arfaoui, Retired Professor, American Studies, Women’s Studies, English and Human Rights Activist, Environmental, Human Rights and Women’s Rights Issues; Esraa Abdel Fattah, Projects Manager, Egyptian Democratic Academy; Ahmed Salah, Veteran Egyptian Activist, Director, New Future House Center Coordinator, The Coalition of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution; Bassem Samir, Executive Director, Egyptian Democratic Academy; and Mouheb Ayari, President, I Watch Organization.