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How Can Saudi Arabia and Egypt Help Confront Toxic Ideologies?

Joseph Braude and Samuel Tadros

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January 18, 2018

As Washington warmed its relationships with Egypt and Saudi Arabia, how can it help them use their "soft power" to challenge toxic ideologies and promote domestic reform? Two experts report on the opportunities for cooperation and progress.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt share substantial influence as exporters of religion, culture, and politics across the Arabic-speaking world. The Trump administration, having rewarmed ties with both countries, now has an opportunity to engage them in a campaign of "competitive soft power" to challenge toxic ideologies and promote domestic reform. To discuss what such a strategy might look like, The Washington Institute is pleased to host a Policy Forum with Joseph Braude and Samuel Tadros.

Watch a live webcast of this event starting at 12:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

Joseph Braude is an advisor to Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. For his latest book, Broadcasting Change: Arabic Media as a Catalyst for Liberalism, he studied liberalizing trends in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Through his work as a participant in Arabic print and broadcast media, he has tested techniques to strengthen them.

Samuel Tadros is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom and a distinguished visiting fellow in Middle Eastern studies at the Hoover Institution. A weekly columnist for Alhurra's website, he has authored two books on Egypt and the 2017 monograph The Follies of Democracy Promotion.