The Egyptian parliament is in the process of finalizing amendments to the 2014 constitution (right) that would allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in office for twenty years, increase military control of politics, and end judicial independence. U.S. President Donald Trump has invited al-Sisi to Washington for a visit prior to a public referendum on the proposed amendment, raising questions about how the United States will respond to such a move.
The Project on Middle East Democracy and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace host a discussion of the ramifications of the amendments and al-Sisi’s visit for the future of Egypt, the U.S.-Egypt relationship, and for regional peace.
- Moataz El Fegiery is the general coordinator for the Egyptian Human Rights Forum.
- Mai El-Sadany is the legal and judicial director for the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.
- Michele Dunne is the director and senior fellow of the Carnegie Middle East Program.
- Susan B. Glasser is a staff writer at the New Yorker.