It has been said that Egypt is not a country, it's a civilization. Rooted deeply in tradition, Egypt today is in a state of transition.
As the government seeks to reform and maintain control and the economy grows steadily, what does the future hold? An on-location Great Decisions special report.
Christiane Amanpour is CNN’s chief international correspondent based in London. Amanpour has reported on most crises from the world’s many news hotspots, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda and the Balkans.
Her assignments have ranged from exclusive interviews with world leaders to reporting on the human consequences of natural disasters or covering events from the heart of war zones. She has received wide acclaim and numerous awards for her work, particularly for her extensive coverage of conflicts in the Balkans, Africa and the Middle East.
Former President James Earl Carter Jr.
James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. was the 39th President of the United States (1977-1981) and the 2002 Nobel Peace laureate. Previously, he was the Governor of Georgia (1971-1975) and a Georgia State Senator (1963-1967).
Amr Moussa has been the current Secretary-General of the League of Arab States since his election to the position in May 2001. He is a former Egyptian Foreign Minister and diplomat.
He served as Cairo's ambassador to India in 1967 and as Egypt's ambassador to the United Nations in 1990. He was appointed Foreign Minister in the cabinet of then-Prime Minister Atef Sedki in 1991 and remained in this position until 2001.
During his tenure as Foreign Minister, Moussa was critical of the United States foreign policy and its relationship with Israel.
Kenneth Roth is the executive director of Human Rights Watch, a post he has held since 1993. Human Rights Watch investigates, reports on, and seeks to curb human rights abuses in some 70 countries.
From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Roth served as deputy director of the organization. Previously, he was a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York and the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington. He also worked in private practice as a litigator.
Dr. Shibley Telhami
Shibley Telhami is a Professor of political science at the University of Maryland, College Park. He holds the Anwar Sadat chair for Peace. He is a specialist in the politics of the Middle East, especially the Israeli-Arab conflict.
Telhami was born into an Arab family in Israel. He is fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, and English. He is the author of numerous books, and writes op-ed pieces from time to time in various periodicals. He also appears on radio (often C-SPAN and NPR) and television (often on public affairs programs such as This Week and Nightline).