CIR Free Public Lecture on Egypt

Subject:  Hidden Reasons Behind the Turbulence in Egypt

Speaker:  Dr. Jim Joy, CIR Board Member

Location:  St. John’s Methodist Church

                   1200 Old Pecos Trail

This lecture is free and open to the public.

News reports of the recent protests in Egypt focused on political failings of the Mubarak government: rigged elections, a pervasive police state that engaged in beatings and torture, etc.  There are, however, a number of other reasons why there was protest and frustration.  These will be examined by Dr. James Joy in a free lecture sponsored by CIR at the St. John’s Methodist Church on April 5 from 5:00-6:30.  All will be invited to come to the downtown San Francisco Bar and Grill after the lecture.  This will be an opportunity to continue discussion of topics raised in the lecture – and the restaurant will donate a percentage of the proceeds to CIR (please reserve space by calling CIR at 982-4931 if you plan to come).

Themes that will be discussed include the sorry state of the Egyptian economy which, despite reforms in the last decade, has led to impoverishment and unemployment; the pervasive role of the military in the economy; the impact of population growth; corruption; the judicial system; water; subsidies; the education debacle; and the plight of Christians.  We all hope that a new Egyptian constitution will lead to a more representative government that will be more attuned to the wishes and needs of its people – but no matter what form the government takes, it will need to confront the daunting problems that will be discussed in this presentation.

James Joy received a PhD in international relations from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1971.  From 1968 to 1980 he taught economics at the University of Denver and University of Nebraska.  In 1980 he went to Saudi Arabia as part of a U.S. Treasury team.  Following that assignment, he joined the Foreign Service and served in numerous posts until his retirement.  His last assignment was Commercial Counselor at the American Embassy in Cairo where he served from 2002 until 2006.