Foreign Affairs Series: Egypt in Crisis with Ambassador Frank Wisner

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The Common Good hosted Former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Frank Wisner, who offered an insider’s perspective on American options relating to the political turmoil that had dominated Egypt since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and led to a takeover of the government by the Egyptian military.


Ambassador Frank G. Wisner’s diplomatic career spans four decades and eight American presidents. He served as ambassador to Zambia, Egypt, the Philippines, and India during his years in the State Department. Ambassador Wisner worked as a senior diplomat in Tunisia and Bangladesh before returning to Washington as Director of Plans and Management in the Bureau of Public Affairs. He joined the President’s Interagency Task Force on Indochina, the entity responsible for evacuating and settling nearly one million refugees and served as its Deputy Director. Later, as Director of the Office of Southern African Affairs, Frank Wisner worked closely with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to launch negotiations with Zimbabwe and Namibia.


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