The Battle for the Future of the Arab World

April 24, 2019

Today’s protesters have a leg up on their counterparts from the Arab Spring of 2011. Momentous developments across North and East Africa suggest the long-drawn-out process of political transition in the region — as well as the Middle East — is still in its infancy. So too does popular...

Sisi and Macron See Their People as Children

February 01, 2019

In the face of occasional violent tantrums, some leaders continue to think of their nation as one big, happy family. During a visit to Egypt on January 28, French President Emmanuel Macron fulfilled his duty as a responsible Western leader by insisting that human rights and the rule of law are...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Thinking” in Egypt

January 17, 2018

Egypt is expected to have “improved” its commitment to democratic principles, despite being ruled by the military. Thanks to leaks from Egypt’s intelligence agency, Al Jazeera has managed to discover how democracy and free speech work in Egypt. Captain Ashraf el-Kholi is a mid-ranking...

The World This Week: Security Trumps Liberty for Cameron and Sisi

November 07, 2015

The argument that constraining liberty boosts security has been used time and again by governments to accumulate power. Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury was born in 1588, the year the British defeated the Spanish Armada. This was the start of the rise of English global supremacy and the inhabitants...

Military Blunder Could Cost Egypt More Than Its War on Terror

September 30, 2015

Egypt investigates a military error after killing 12 tourists, but with little accountability, those responsible are unlikely to face prosecution. It wasn’t an apology that Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry offered during a joint press conference in Cairo with his Mexican counterpart,...

Egypt Moves Closer to Labeling Soccer Fans as Terrorists

April 15, 2015

The battle for political change in Egypt is not only hampered by the government’s relentless repression. Egypt has moved closer to labeling militant soccer groups as terrorist organizations. These groups form the backbone of opposition to autocratic rule, with the recent arrest of five alleged...