Young Egyptians Discuss Their Country's Future

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

An Egyptian protester during clashes with riot police at Cairo's Tahrir Square (Getty)

For Egypt, the way forward has been difficult during a period of great instability.  

In 2011, a revolution overthrew General Hosni Mubarak. Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was elected in 2012. And then just a year later in 2013, the world watched what looked like a coup as General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stepped into power.

As Egypt's recent history continues to change, many are wondering what's next. 

Mohammed Mubarak, a 27-year-old architect who recently completed his military service in the Egyptian military, and Mohga Morsy, a 23-year-old lawyer, are both visiting the U.S. as Shafik Gabr Fellows. The program invites 10 American and 10 Egyptian young leaders to travel to Egypt and the U.S. to work on projects to promote cross cultural understanding.

Together Mubarak and Morsy provide their outlook for Egypt's future and the way forward during this period of great uncertainty.


Mohga Morsy and Mohammed Mubarak

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Bit naïve.

Egypt needs American money, or it can have the military of a 3rd world nation, because to be frank, they can't even really feed themselves, they have bred themselves into a population that is not really sustainable. Since the military is the only thing holding society together and keeping order, well, I don't think you want to really find out what happens when the military becomes defunded.

I'm not sure they understand democracy either, the processes and protections are as important as the votes. Having extremists rig future elections by distorting the process would just lead to a sham democracy. Sometimes countries do need a reset, hell even the united states first attempt at a government went bust and was reset.

Anyways a problem they have to understand with "islam is a way of life" and its relation to government is that you are imposing islam on others if you think that way, and that is against human dignity.

And how old your civilization is has no bearing at all on whether your population understands the democratic system.

Oct. 29 2013 05:03 PM

um the sumerians invented civilization.

Oct. 29 2013 03:46 PM

Interesting that they did not mention that Egypt has been 'deep state' for so many years now. General Sisi is loved by many and hated by many., It will be a very very long time for beloved Egypt will see democracy., I also heard a lot of venom in both of their voices when asked about the USA giving millions to Egypt, tell me something, and by the way, I am Arabic , how can these two people have this ( venom ), in their voices when they are here in MY COUNTRY on what is suppose to be a an exchange program that is suppose to support cultural understanding. I am perplexed on why they wanted to come here. It very much sounded to me, like they hated USA.,

Oct. 29 2013 01:03 PM

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