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Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs



The LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security & Law present

The Challenge in the Middle East: An Egyptian Perspective

Nabil Fahmy
Ambassador Nabil Fahmy

A Speech by His Excellency Nabil Fahmy, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United States

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
12:30 p.m.

Thompson Conference Center Auditorium
The University of Texas at Austin
(Location and Parking Map)

Due to space limitations, RSVPs are required, refreshments will be provided

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security & Law are honored to present His Excellency Nabil Fahmy, ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United States, speaking on “The Challenge in the Middle East: An Egyptian Perspective.” Ambassador Fahmy has been a key player in Egyptian foreign policy for two decades.

Ambassador Fahmy has served as Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United States since October 1999. He is a career diplomat who has played an active role in the numerous efforts to bring peace to the Middle East, as well as in international and regional disarmament affairs.

Ambassador Fahmy has also served as Egypt’s Ambassador to Japan from September 1997 to August 1999. Prior to that, he was the Political Advisor to the Foreign Minister from August 1993 to September 1997. Over the years, he has been a Senior Disarmament Official, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a member of the Egyptian Missions to the United Nations (Disarmament and Political Affairs) in Geneva and New York. He has also served as Advisor in the Cabinet of the Vice President of Egypt and as a member of the Cabinet of the Secretary of the President for External Communications from February 1974 to August 1976.

Ambassador Fahmy’s expertise has led him to participate in numerous Egyptian delegations dealing with Middle East Peace, and Disarmament Regional Security issues. In 2003, he became a member of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies International Advisory Board. He headed the Egyptian delegation to the Middle East Peace Process Steering Committee in 1993 and the Egyptian delegation to the Multilateral Working Group on Regional Security and Arms Control emanating from the Madrid Peace Conference in December 1991. He was elected Vice Chairman of the First Committee on Disarmament and International Security Affairs of the 44th Session of the UN General Assembly in 1986. And until 2003, he was a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board of Disarmament Matters and was its chairman in 2001.

Ambassador Fahmy received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics/Mathematics in 1974 and his Master of Arts in Management in 1976, both from the American University in Cairo.

He was born in New York on January 5, 1951. He speaks English, French and Arabic. He is married and has two daughters and a son.