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Last summer, Baker Institute intern Tom Campbell '11 traveled to Egypt with nine other Rice University students as part of the institute's new Public Diplomacy and Global Policymaking in the 21st Century Program. The group organized a colloquium with students at American University Cairo (AUC), and in January 2011, the AUC students reciprocated with a visit to Rice.

In this Jan. 31, 2011,  Baker Institute Blog post, Campbell discusses the current crisis in Egypt from the perspective of his own encounters with Egypt and the Egyptian people. Drawing on the collective learning experiences from these respective visits, Campbell concludes that "the people agitating for freedom and for a new day for Egypt are everyday people like you and me."