On May 13, 2011, Hisham Kassem, Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, and Amb. James Larocco addressed The Washington Institute's 2011 Soref Symposium. Mr. Kassem, former publisher of al-Masry al-Youm, is an independent journalist and one of Egypt's most prominent democracy activists. Maj. Gen. Yadlin is the Kay fellow at The Washington Institute; he recently retired after more than forty years' service in the Israel Defense Forces, including the final five as head of Israeli military intelligence. Ambassador Larocco, a veteran diplomat with numerous postings in the Middle East, is director of the National Defense University's Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies.