Casper Wuite

Based in Cairo, Casper Wuite works for the Democracy Program of the Carter Center in Egypt, supporting its election observation missions. Prior to joining the Carter Center’s field office in Egypt, he served as a long-term election observer with the National Democratic Institute in Egypt (2011-2012), Algeria (2012), and Jordan (2012-2013). As a political risk analyst for Exclusive Analysis, and a diplomatic trainee for the Dutch Foreign Service and the European External Action Service, Wuite has written extensively on politics and development in the Middle East and North Africa, and has published a book on this topic. Wuite holds an MSc degree in Politics and Government from the London School of Economics.

The Rise of Islamists

January 07, 2013

The following is the first of a series of excerpts that Fair Observer will be featuring from its first book — The Arab Uprisings: An Introduction. The Arab Uprisings are the most significant events to occur in the Middle East and North Africa over the past few decades. So far, the...

The Politics of Identity: A Berber Spring in Algeria?

August 03, 2012

Algeria recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, but for those who are not Arab, repression continues. Fair Observer's Casper Wuite spoke to two members of the Movement Autonome Kabylie, a Berber movement that fights for cultural autonomy, in Algeria. Algeria marked the 50th anniversary of her independence on July 5. Every...

NATO in Afghanistan: Can Intervention Work?

July 17, 2012

By the end of 2014, NATO's war in Afghanistan will end. Looking back on more than a decade of foreign intervention in the country, it becomes clear that a mismatch of political goals and military tactics have mired NATO's strategy. Consequently, America's longest war has failed to deliver a basic...

Autocrats Will Never Be Democrats

May 25, 2012

In Algeria, it seems that the existing regime, rather than the recent legislative elections, will have a final say and role in the reform of the country’s political system. Located on the heights of Algiers, Martyrs Memorial stands tall over the city. Fashioned in the shape of three standing palm...

Who Should be Egypt's Next President?

May 22, 2012

Egyptians are preparing to vote for a new president and complete the transition to civilian rule. With candidates vying for an ill-defined but crucial position it is imperative for voters to ignore the political demagogy that has led Egypt astray so many times since the Revolution. Rather, while deciding who...

Egypt's Development Challenge: Another Lost Decade?

April 13, 2012

Egypt's ruling generals have agreed to sign a deal with the IMF for a loan worth $3.2bn to alleviate the country’s financial crisis. The series of measures required by the deal, though, may at best do little to help the country’s development challenges beyond restoring macro-economic stability. At worst, they...

The Muslim Brotherhood: Egypt's Shepherd or a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?

February 13, 2012

Securing an overwhelming victory in Egypt's parliamentary elections, the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party will without a doubt play a strong role in charting the course of Egypt's future. But despite its strong mandate and its traditional religious orientation, Egypt's new power broker will find that political moderation may...

What has Happened to Egypt's 99%?

February 09, 2012

One year on from the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, Egypt is still facing a fragile transition to democracy. While all eyes are on Tahrir Square, the struggles of the ordinary Egyptian remain largely inconspicuous. Tackling their economic woes remains critical in order to secure a true transition to democracy.