PRINCE ALWALEED CENTER
September 2006 through November 2010
The mission of the center is to improve understanding between America and the Arab World. It
will seek to be a focal point for in-depth discussion of issues involving the United States, Egypt,
the Middle East, and the world.
In pursuit of this mission, the center will run a robust public outreach program including student
trips, media engagement, public conferences, and symposia with other Egyptian universities; an
on-campus program of courses, lectures, conferences, documentary films, and mentoring; a new
publication series entitled US-Arab Issues; the building partnerships with organizations in Egypt
and abroad, and the hosting of Fulbright Scholars and the highlighting of their work each year.
ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE
Made 31 appearances on American, Egyptian, and Middle Eastern television.
Organized or participated in 8 press conferences.
Hosted 12 conferences for students and for the general public.
Hosted 47 speakers in the American Issues Speakers Series.
Trained and briefed 38 Egyptian journalists on the 2008 American elections.
Gave 12 public talks in Egypt and 5 in other countries.
Hosted 2 public documentary-discussion series in central Cairo.
Showed 46 documentaries on campus and led discussions on each.
Helped get global warming onto the public agenda in Egypt and on the agenda at AUC.
Worked cross-culturally with 16 Egyptian national universities.
Reached several hundred thousand people in Egypt and the Middle East with media,
speaker, conference, symposium, film, and field trip programs.
Established working relations with 16 universities, 5 Alwaleed centers, 9 NGOs, and 5
Started 3 new core curriculum courses.
Moved the center into the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
Started the new publication series US-Arab Issues.
Took 30 AUC students and faculty members on field trips to Washington, DC.
Mentored in-depth more than 20 AUC students.
Hosted four Fulbright Scholars
Organized Fulbright Scholar Speakers Series on campus.
Helped expand the number USA-related courses at AUC.
Turning the center’s AUC reputation from negative to positive
Restarted the center successfully after its collapse in 2006.
Objective 1: Organize Student Conferences on Cross-Cultural Themes.
The center has sponsored eight student meetings and conferences in the last four years:
Cairo Colloquium on US-Middle East Issues with Rice University in June 2010.
After Obama’s Cairo Speech, What Next? with students from Fordham University,
Columbia University, and the Doha campuses of Northwestern and Georgetown.
Islamophobia in America and Anti-Americanism in Egypt with Cairo Law Faculty 2009.
Mock Presidential Elections in November 2008.
US Elections Quiz Bowl with US Embassy in October 2008.
Beyond Borders: Big Issues between the US and the Middle East with the American NGO
Project on Middle East Democracy in March 2008.
Bringing the World Together: US-Egyptian Dialogue on Foreign Policy in 2007.
Youth Dialogue on American Foreign Policy with the Model Egyptian Parliament 2006.
Objective 2: Engage Actively with the Egyptian and Middle Eastern Media
What is Obama’s Asian Tour All About? on Nile TV’s Daily Debates (Leach)
The American Mid-term Elections on Nile TV’s World Today (Leach)
US Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia on Nile TV’s Daily Debates (Leach)
Is Progress Possible Now on the Israel-Palestine Conflict? on Saudi TV (Leach)
Why is There Political Turmoil in Thailand on Saudi TV (Leach)
Iran and the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty on Nile TV (Leach)
What Do We Need to Know about Global Warming? on Planet TV (Leach)
How Do You See Egypt? on Nile TV (Leach)
What American Studies Is All About in Egypt on Nile TV (Leach)
Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Taliban on Saudi Channel 2 (Leach)
Choosing an Unusual Cross-cultural Career on Nile TV (Leach)
Islam’s Image in the West on Nile TV (Leach)
Iran, the Middle East, and the West on Nile TV (Griffiths)
Obama’s First Year on Nile TV (Leach)
Defense Department’s Role in Global Warming on NBC News (Leach)
Global Warming’s Impact on Egypt on Nile TV (Leach)
Resolving the Israel-Palestine Conflict on Nile TV (Leach)
The Iranian Elections on Saudi Channel 2 (Leach)
The Uighur-Chinese Conflict in China on Saudi Channel 2 (Leach)
US, Iran, and Obama Administration on Saudi Channel 2 (Leach)
International Criminal Court and President Omar al Bashir on Saudi Channel 2 (Leach)
The Middle East Peace Process on Nile TV (Leach)
The Obama Administration on Nile TV (Mason)
US Policy towards Africa on Nile TV's Africa This Week (Mason)
Will There Be a New Cold War? on Nile TV (Leach)
The Current Economic Crisis on Nile TV (Galbraith)
The US Elections 2008 on Saudi Channel 2 (Leach)
The Middle East Peace Process on Nile TV (Pastor)
The Status of Forces Agreement between the US and Iraq on Saudi Channel 2 (Leach)
The US Elections 2008 on Brookings Doha - Washington Closed-Circuit TV (Leach)
The Primaries and the Elections on US Embassy Closed-Circuit TV for Egyptian press (Leach)
Coverage of 2008 elections conference by Egyptian TV Channel 1, Al Arabiya, Dream TV, Al
Hurra, Oman TV, Orbit, Nile News, Egyptian TV News, OTV, Al Jazeera, and Al Hayah
Radio interviews included:
Prof. James K. Galbraith on “Stars on Egyptian Land” in May 2009
Dr. John Duke Anthony on “Stars on Egyptian Land” in March 2008
Newspaper interviews and articles:
Dr. Jerry W. Leach on global warming with Al Ahram Weekly
Dr. Jerry W. Leach on 2008 elections for Rose AlYoussef
Dr. John Duke Anthony on US-Arab Relations with Rose AlYoussef and Al Masry AlYoum
Prof. James K. Galbraith on recession for Rose AlYoussef, Ahram Weekly, Al Alam Al Youm
Coverage of the 2008 Elections conference by Al Ahram Weekly, Al Dostur, Sayedaty, Nahdet
Masr, Al Youm Al Sabie, Al Masry Al Youm, Al Ahram Al Masaie, Watani, Al Ahrar, Al
Ahrar, MENA, Al Akhbar, Rose AlYoussef, Al Mal, Wa Al Akar, Al Badeel, Bashyar, Egypt
Today, Al Shabab. The Daily News and Reuters, Associated Press.
Conferences Participated in
Trash and Recycling in Egypt for LEAD conference in February 2010 (Leach)
Symposium on the Nile for Sawy CultureWheel in December 2009 (Leach)
World Innovation Summit for Education in November 2009 (Leach)
Africa-Middle Summit on Renewable Energy in October 2009 (Leach)
Egyptian Business Summit on Global Climate Change in October 2009 (Leach)
The Threat to the Nile Delta from Global Warming for UNEP’s Youth Summit on Global
Climate Change in March 2009 (Leach)
American Foreign Policy in the Middle East for Cairo U. Law Faculty March 2009 (Leach).
American Studies Association in Washington, D.C. June 2008.
What Good Is Cross-Cultural Dialogue? US-Egypt Beyond Borders Conference 2007(Leach)
Free Speech: Getting It and Keeping It for AISEC International Conference in 2007 (Leach)
Dr. Leach gave a 12-hour workshop on The US Elections 2008 to 19 Egyptian journalists who
were covering the elections. He then gave them a 4-hour seminar in Washington at the
National Press Foundation. The AUC Adham Center for Electronic Journalism co-sponsored
Dr. Leach and Alwaleed Center Leaders on West and Islamic World. World press.
Dr. Leach on Global Warming and the Nile Delta. Cairo press
Dr. Leach on the 2008 US Presidential Elections. Cairo TV.
Dr. James K. Galbraith on the Great Recession. Cairo media.
Dr. John Duke Anthony on US-Arab Relations. Cairo press.
Dr. Robert Pastor on Democracy and Islam. Cairo press.
Objective 3: Run American Issues Speakers Series for the Campus and the Public.
Academic Year 2009-10
Sir Eldon Giffiths on Iran, the Middle East, and the West
Dr. Ahmet Uysal on Islam and Politics in Turkey
Dr. Bruce Lohof on Overview of the Fulbright Program
Dr. Zohair Husain on The Major Causes and Consequences of the Cold War
Dr. Catherine Harbour on Take it Outside: Household Smoking Restrictions
Dr. Michael McMullen on The American Baha'i Community
Dr. Scott Hibbard on The Influence of Religion on American Politics
Dr. Amritjit Singh on Revisiting the Harlem Renaissance
Dr. Karl Lorenz on Native American Mound Builder Societies in America
Dr. Samer Ali on Arabic Studies in America: Old Roots, New Branches
Dr. Sussan Babaie, Visual Arts in Contemporary Diaspora: Problems of Islamic Art
Ms. Nevine Gad El-Mawla on How to Become an Egyptian Fulbright Scholar
Academic Year 2008-09
Prof. James K. Galbraith on The Growing Divide between Rich and Poor Worldwide
Prof. Galbraith on The World Recession: Causes, Consequences, Cures
Prof. Galbraith on The Predator State and the Free Market
Prof. Galbraith on The Growing Divide between Rich and Poor Worldwide
Prof. Galbraith on The Causes of the Current Financial Crisis
Dr. Patrick Mason on Religious Illiteracy in America
Prof. Marie Lathers on Aliens, Arabs, and Women
Ms. Ana Menendez on The Future of Narrative in the Age of the Internet
Prof. George Dowdall on Drinking by College Students: Understanding a Social Problem
Prof. Jerry W. Leach on Who Was the Worst President in American History?
Dr. Patrick Mason on The Obama Election and the Middle East
Dr. Patrick Mason on Interpreting the US Election Results
Mr. Wael Fakharany on Google’s Role in the US Elections
Dr. Patrick Mason, Dr. William Vocke, and Mr. Suleiman Din on The US Elections 2008
Dr. William Vocke on Ethics in International Relations
Dr. S. Everhart, S. Herrera, Alex Severens, Medhat Hassanein on The World Financial Crisis
Academic Year 2007-08
Mr. James Zogby on Arabs in America
Dr. John Duke Anthony on Where Are US-Arab Relations Going?
Prof. Jerry W. Leach on Are World Oil Supplies Giving Out?
Prof. Jerry W. Leach on The Role of Primaries in Electing a US President
Prof. Stefan A. Halper on US Foreign Policy after Bush
Prof. Robert Pastor on Why Free and Fair Elections Really Matter
Mr. Charles Lewis on How Democracies Deal with Corruption
Dr. Marina Ottaway on Obstacles on the Road to Democracy
Dr. Fares Braizat on What Muslims Think about Democracy
Dr. Abdel Moneim aboul Fotouh on Where the Muslim Brothers Stand on Democracy
Academic Year 2006-07
Gov. Michael Dukakis on Public Service for the Public Good
Prof. William Quandt on Bush’s Moment in the Middle East
Mr. Steve Franklin (Chicago Tribune) on What is Happening to American Newspapers?
Prof. Donald Pease on Whither the New Americanists?
Prof. Brantley Womack on Democracies and Small Wars: Lessons from Iraq
Prof. Jerry W. Leach on Bush, Congress, and Iraq
Prof. Jerry W. Leach on Are the Neoconservatives Finished?
Prof. Jerry W. Leach on The Struggle for Freedom of Speech
Prof. Jerry W. Leach on The History of US Democracy Promotion
The center has hosted the following Distinguished Visiting Professors to date:
Prof. James K. Galbraith of the U. of Texas and the LBJ School of Public Affairs 2009
Dr. John Duke Anthony, President of the National Council of US-Arab Relations 2008
Prof. Donald Pease of Dartmouth College 2006.
Objective 4: Host International Conferences on US-Arab Themes.
The center has hosted three major conference open to the public with special invitations and
participation from 16 other Egyptian universities:
The Impact of Global Warming on Egypt, America, and the World (prospective)
The U.S. Elections 2008
Are Islam and Democracy Compatible? co-sponsored with American University in 2006.
Dissent in America in 2006.
Objective 5: Host Documentary-Discussion Series for the Campus and the Public
on Major Issues that the US, Egypt, and the World Face.
The Fate of Our Earth. Spring 2010 series for the campus and the public co-sponsored with the
Wadi Environmental Science Center.
A Crude Awakening: the Coming Oil Crash. Discussant: Dr. Jerry W. Leach
The Great Squeeze: Surviving the Human Project. Discussant: Dr. Hassan abou Bakr.
Solar Energy: Saved by the Sun. Discussant: Dr. Amr Farouk of SEDEK
Death on the Nile and Connecting Delta Cities. Discussant: Dr. Marwan Shahien
Earth Report 2009. Discussant: Dr. Hala Barakat of Alexandria Library.
Academic Year 2009-10
Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains. About his book Palestine: Peace not Apartheid.
The American Civil War
A Crude Awakening: the Coming Oil Crash
Guns in America
Washington and its Monuments
Green: the New Red, White and Blue
Energy for a Developed World
Let Freedom Sing: Music of the Civil Rights Movement
The Eleventh Hour
The Human Footprint
The Great Squeeze
Prince among Slaves
Trobriand Cricket: an ingenious response to colonialism. Film made by Jerry W. Leach and
Gary Kildea. Special Screening in AUC’s Margaret Mead Film Festival.
Academic Year 2008-09
Six Degrees Could Change Our World
Solar Energy: Saved by the Sun
World in the Balance: the Population Paradox
A Crude Awakening: the Coming Oil Crash
An Inconvenient Truth
The Journey of Man
Academic Year 2007-08
A Crude Awakening: the Coming Oil Crash
Super Size Me
Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains
Bowling for Columbine
Friends of God
Soldiers in the Army of God
Uncovered: the Whole Truth about the Iraq War
On the Road in America co-sponsored with Layalina TV. Showed 3 of 12 episodes.
Objective 6: Organize Cross-cultural Symposia at Egyptian National Universities.
Dr. Leach put on six one-day events for more than 1,500 faculty and students at Minoufiya
University in the Nile Delta and one AUC-Cairo University event:
Islamophobia in America and Anti-Americanism in Egypt in March 2009. Organized with the
Cairo Law Faculty and the Cairo Model United Nations.
American Media in October 2008 (with Ana Menendez)
US Presidential Elections 2008 in April 2008
Marriage and Family in the America and Egypt in November 2007
Mutual Misconceptions: Arab and American Stereotypes in March 2007 (with Lisa Portmess)
What Do You Want to Know about America? in December 2006 (with Lisa Portmess)
Objective 7: Establish Working Relationships with Organizations in Egypt and
Abroad Seeking to Improve US-Arab Relations.
The center has established the following working relationships to date:
American University in Beirut
New York University through the Levin Institute
American University in Washington
Northwestern University in Qatar
Wadi Environmental Science Center
National Council for US-Arab Relations
Project for Middle East Democracy
Steps towards Progress
Model Arab League Program
Egyptian Youth Development Association
Chronicle of Higher Education
Saudi TV Channel 2
Rosa el Youssef Newspaper
Stars on Egyptian Land Radio Program
Fulbright Program in Egypt
US Embassy in Cairo
State Department in Washington
Dr. Leach and the Associate Director attended the inaugural meeting of the six Alwaleed
centers in London on March 19, 2009 and the second meeting at the American University in
Beirut March 9-10, 2010.
The center hosted a 13-person Harvard Alwaleed delegation for an all-day program on AUC,
Egypt, Egypt's educational situation, and student life and careers in both countries. Follow-up
visit to Harvard planned for January 2011.
Students and faculty from 16 Egyptian universities have attended two center conferences.
In the spring semester of 2010, the center co-sponsoring with the Wadi Environmental Science
Center a film series called The Fate of Our Earth. The films were shown again on World
Environment Day at Al Azhar Park.
Speeches for other organizations include:
Documentary Films in Education for Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford University (Leach)
Trobriand Cricket for US Senate Staff Members (Leach)
Global Warming and Our Future for Kristal University in Albania (Leach)
Obama’s First Year for Democrats Abroad (Leach)
Are We at the Beginning of the End of the Age of Oil? At Sawy CultureWheel (Leach)
Global Warming and the Nile for Sawy CultureWheel (Leach)
Is the Nile Delta Going under Water? Powerpoint Lecture for General Public (Leach)
Is the Nile Delta Going Under Water? for the Sawy CultureWheel (Leach)
What Will Be New from the Obama Administration? Cairo U. Politics and Economics (Leach)
Islamophobia in America for Cairo University Law Faculty (Leach)
Interpreting the American Elections for US Embassy (Mason)
Objective 8: Take AUC Students on Field Trips.
The center plans to take students who work for the American Studies Center on a special public
policy trip to Rice University in Houston and Washington, D.C. in January 2011.
Dr. Leach takes the center’s student assistants to the Arab League to meet Secretary-General
Amr Moussa and his deputy Amb. Hisham Yousef.
Dr. Leach took 15 AUC American and Egyptian students to the Suez Canal for briefings on the
canal in November 2010.
Dr. Leach took 11 students and 3 faculty members to Washington, D.C. for 18 days in June
2007. He gave 14 lectures on American themes and organized 42 appointments, 5 site visits,
two home visits, and a one-day trip to the Gettysburg Battlefield and Gettysburg College.
A second trip for eight students and two faculty members was to New York, Washington, and
North Carolina in January 2008. He led the Washington portion, giving five lectures and
organizing 13 appointments, five site visits, and a home cook-out.
Objective 9: Join the Cambridge Alwaleed Center in its Al Azhar Initiative.
The AUC center will host the delegations of religious figures from Britain and
Afghanistan and will provide a portion of their curriculum in the fall of 2009.
The planning for this was done when Alwaleed Professor from Cambridge Yasir
Suleiman visited the campus in May 2010.
The AUC center will start its own effort, organized through Al Azhar, to engage in a
dialogue on any and all issues with imams and religious officials in Egypt.
Objective 10: Get AUC into the US Solar Decathlon Competition
Join with the Engineering Department to get AUC to enter a student team in the 2011 US
Solar Competition run by the US Department of Energy. The goal is to build a
functional, livable solar house on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. University
teams from all over the world will compete.
A team of 35 students, plus a faculty advisory group of 5, has been formed. Our center
sent a student to Washington in October 2009 to view the finals of the 2009 competition
as a springboard for AUC’s application the next month.
The first round application in November 2009 was successful. Putting the AUC team
into the semi-final round.
The AUC team has now submitted new data and scale-model house seeking a place in the
finals in October 2011. There will be 20 finalists in the competition in October 2011.
Objective 11: Offer Three New Core Curriculum Courses.
The new lower-level core course - What is America? - given five times between the fall of
2007 and the spring of 2010.
The higher-level core course - What is Globalization? - given in the spring of 2009.
The higher-level core course - Big Global Issues We All Face – given in the fall 2009 and the
The center director has been nominated for the AUC Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008-09
in 2009-2010, and in 2010-2011.
Objective 12: Host Fulbright Fellows at AUC Each Year.
The center has hosted to date:
Dr. Carla Daughtry of Lawrence University. Anthropology.
Dr. Michael McMullen of the University of Houston. Sociology.
Ms. Ana Menendez of the Miami Herald. Journalism and Creative Writing.
Dr. Lisa Portmess of Gettysburg College. Philosophy and American Studies.
Dr. Susan Kollin of Montana State College. American Literature.
The center organized a series on the Fulbright program in 2010. The series drew upon
the Fulbright Staff and Fellows participated:
Dr. Bruce Lohof, Director of Fulbright Commission in Egypt
Dr. Zohair Husain, University of South Alabama
Dr. Catherine Harbour, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Michael McMullen, University of Houston
Dr. Scott Hibbard, DePaul University
Dr. Amritjit Singh, Ohio University
Dr. Karl Lorenz, Shippensburg University
Dr. Samer Ali
Dr. Sussan Babaie, University of Munich
Ms. Nevine Gad El-Mawla, Fulbright Commission in Egypt.
Objective 13: Expand the USA-related Courses Offered by the Center and AUC.
The center and its affiliated staff have taught the following courses since September 2006:
AMST299: Big Global Issues We All Face (Leach)
AMST299: What is Globalization? (Leach)
SEMR199: What is America? (Leach: three times)
SOC101: Introduction to Sociology (McMullen)
SOC435: Gender and Power in Development (McMullen)
HIST201: History of Modern American Civilization to the 19th Century (Mason)
HIST202: History of Modern American Civilization: 19th Century to Present (Mason)
HIST401: The American Civil Rights Movement (Mason)
HIST401: Comparative Global Fundamentalisms (Mason)
JRMC490: Writing about America (Menendez)
JRMC201: Mass Media (Menendez)
ECLT209: Introduction to American Studies (Portmess, Kollin, Dworkin)
ECLT310: Nineteenth Century American Literature (Kollin, Dworkin)
ECLT311: Modern American Literature (Kollin)
The university now has some 20 courses that are directly on United States. Seven new courses
have been added in the last three years:
What is America? (new)
US Congress and the Middle East (new)
War on Terrorism (new)
Modern American Religious History (new)
Comparative Global Fundamentalisms (new)
Discovering America: Writing on the Road (new)
Cross-cultural Perceptions (new)
Introduction to American Studies
American Civilization to the 19th Century
Modern American Civilization
American Government and Politics
US Foreign Policy
American Constitutional Law
Early American Literature
Modern European and American Literature
Modern American Literature
Modern American Poetry
Humor and American Culture
Race, Ethnic, and Minority Relations
Objective 14: Mentor AUC Students.
The center has mentored 20 students since September 2006. Mentoring has involved
several hundred hours, including individual counseling sessions, career orientation,
dinners, field trips in Egypt, and study tours to the USA.
Dr. Leach has mentored 16 students: Aida Yehia, Ramadan Moussa, Ahmed Seddik, Laila al
Agily, Mohamed el Gindy, Shuang Wen, Corinne Smith, Sarah Dada, Noah Agily, Nancy el
Gindy, Dahlia Abbas, Salma Gaber, Ihab el Sokary, Salma al Masry, Dina elDin, Yasminah El
Dr. McMullen has mentored Jayne Lee, Anne Caldwell, Naseem Hashim, and Matt Ellis.
Dr. Mason mentored Jessica Bliven, Eric Chiang, Shelby Justl, and Jeannine Chin.
Dr. Leach serves as Faculty Adviser for Green Hands, the Solar Decathlon Team, the Egyptian
Youth Development Association. He is also a member of the student-faculty Sustainable
The Cairo University Student Union used film clips on the career of Dr. Leach as a part of its
program Steps Towards Progress.
GLOW used excerpts from a lengthy interview with Dr. Leach on civic engagement, NGO
work, and working for political reform.
Center (unpaid) consultant Dr. Cathryn Goddard presented an AUC session in May 2008 on
Preparing Excellent Career-oriented Resumes. She gave one-on-one resume tutoring sessions
to 10 AUC students in the summer of 2008. Dr. Goddard also led two AUC sessions on
International Career Opportunities with speakers from major Egyptian companies.
In the fall of 2008, the center co-sponsored with AMIDEAST two campus sessions on Getting
into Graduate Schools in America.
Objective 15: Publish US-Arab Issues
This series will consist of short articles on topics that do not find their way into the 50 or
so journals that regularly cover the US and the Middle East. The articles will be
published on-line and in print. Three issues per year will be put out.
Dr. Patrick Mason prepared the first issue on Christian Zionism and its Religious
Influence in American Politics. It is now on the center’s website in both English and
Arabic. Copies will be distributed to about 500 people.
Dr. Leach published the second issue on A New Vision for the Future of Nuclear Weapons. It
too on the AUC website in English and Arabic. The Arabic version circulated worldwide by
Dr. Michael McMullen, Fulbright Fellow, will put out the third issue in the spring of 2010 on
The Bahais in Egypt.
Other topics under consideration:
- Islam and the Environment
- Do Jews Run America?
- The Israel-Palestine Conflict as Seen from Egyptian Mosques
Objective 16: Publish Work Arising from Personal Projects
Dr. Leach has a partially completed manuscript based on his White House work on
saving the elephant.
It reveals how the US led a turnaround in the world on trade in elephant ivory, a
collapse the ivory black market and in elephant poaching, a substitution of synthetic
ivory for elephant ivory in many industries, and the Category 1 listing of the elephant
as a endangered species at the Convention of Trade in Endangered Species. He is
now trying to document what has happened in the 20 years since the ban was
His tentative title is: Do We Need to Save the Elephant Again?
Dr. Leach has started a research project and manuscript on: The World Environmental
Movement: Successes and Failures over the Last 50 Years.
BUILDING THE CENTER
Objective 17: Build the Center’s Infrastructure.
The center director serves on four committees: the Core Curriculum Advisory Committee,
GAPP Dean’s Council, the Center Director’s Committee, and the Campus Sustainability
The goal for the center’s budget is $300,000. The 2010-2011 budget is $245,907, which covers
everything including salaries, programs, travel, communications, supplies, and equipment for
the center. The 2009-10 budget was $215,973 and the 2008-09 was $226,000. The 2009-2010
cutback was due to university-wide reductions caused by an overall operating deficit.
In 2008, Dr. Leach created with the AUC development office an overall fundraising plan
encompassing eight elements: international conference, endowed chair, bilingual website, USA
study tours, cross-cultural symposia around Egypt, VIP lecture series, publication series, and
TV program. Approaches to the Prince Alwaleed Foundation and a private donor in London did
not bear fruit.
The center acquired a three-year $300,000 grant from Citigroup Foundation before Dr. Leach’s
arrival. He administered the last third of the grant in 2006-07.
American University contributed $30,000 to the center’s 2007 conference. The Office of
Student Development contributed $60,000 to the center’s student field trip program.
In order to deal with the suspicion that the center was a stalking horse for the Bush
administration, the center did not approach the Middle East Partnership Initiative, the State
Department, and USAID for funds in 2006-08. This self-imposed restriction is now over.
The center expects to approach USAID in 2010 to see if an endowment can be created to insure
the longevity of the center. Having the name of the prince on the center, but no endowment
funds to go with it, has so far created a major impediment in fund-raising for an endowment and
for an endowed chair.
The center’s principal staff member Hany Hanna was promoted and received an enhanced title
in 2008. Mr. Hanna has attended five training courses on computer use, desktop design,
software, accounting, website design. His role at the center has been greatly expanded.
The following graduate and undergraduate students have played active roles as student
assistants: Aida Yehia, Ramadan Moussa, Laila al Agily, Mohamed el Gindy, Ahmed Seddik,
Noah Agily, Nancy el Guindy, Dahlia Abbas, Salma Gaber, Ihab el Sokary, Sarah el Masry.
Their role in contacting other campuses, businesses, media, and AUC students is invaluable.
Aida Yehia received a place on the AUC study tour to Washington in January 2008. She
is now a Teaching Assistant at the British University in Egypt.
Ramadan Moussa received a summer scholarship to Portland State University as a result
of his LEAD scholarship and a full scholarship for an MA in Public Policy.
International management consultant and CEO of Coverdale Associates, Dr. Cathryn Goddard,
serves at as an unpaid program consultant to the center.
Objective 18: Create a Network of People Interested in Building the Center’s Program.
The on-campus group includes:
Dr. Jennifer Bremer of Public Policy and Administration
Dr. Robert Switzer of Philosophy
Dr. Daniel Tschirgi of Political Science
Dr. Ira Dworkin of English and Comparative Literature
Dr. Helen Rizzo of Sociology
Mr. Hafez Mirazi of the Adham Center for Electronic Journalism
Dr. Stephen Everhart of Finance
Dr. Jill Edwards of History
Dr. Phyllis Wachob of the English Language Institute
The off-campus group includes:
Sen. Jeffrey Merkley of Oregon
Mr. Garrick Utley, President of SUNY’s Levin Institute in New York
Mr. David Wheeler, Managing Editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education
Mr. Hani Shukrallah, Director of the Mohamed Heykal Foundation for Independent Journalism
Mr. Haynes Mahoney, Public Affairs Counselor of the US Embassy
Amb. Robert W. Dean, CEO of Viaology in California
Sen. Robert Kasten of Kasten Associates in Washington
Prof. Hugh Goddard of the Edinburgh Alwaleed Center
Prof. Yasir Suleiman of the Cambridge Alwaleed Center
Prof. Ali Asani of the Harvard Alwaleed Program
Prof. Roy Mottahedeh of the Harvard Alwaleed Program
Prof. John Esposito of the Georgetown Alwaleed Center
Prof. John Voll of the Georgetown Alwaleed Center
Ms. Francesca Martonffy of the British Council
Dr. Abdel Moneim aboul Fotouh of the Arab Medical Union and the Muslim Brothers
Dr. Bruce Lohof, Director of the Egypt Fulbright Program
Dr. Osama Madany of Minoufiya University
Dr. Stefan Halper of Cambridge University
Ms. Shahira Amin, Deputy Director of Nile TV
Ms. Nermine Abdel Rahman, Anchor for Nile TV
Amb. Nicholas Veliotes, President of the US-Egypt Friendship Society in Washington
Dr. John Duke Anthony, President of the National Council of US-Arab Relations
Dr. John Hillis, Director of Bahrain University’s American Studies program.
Dr. Shafeeq Ghabra, President of Jusoor Arabiya in Kuwait.