Referendum in Egypt: International Monitoring Helps the Regime

January 11, 2014

The EU should not monitor the Egyptian referendum, but instead push for political inclusion. The military coup of July 2013 did not only topple the government of President Mohammed Morsi, but it also suspended Egypt’s constitution. The constitution had been adopted through a referendum in...

From Sidi Bouzid to Damascus: The Tragedy of the “Spring”

January 09, 2014

Why have the fruits of the "Arab Spring" not been met? Over one year ago, Casper Wuite and I became published authors when our book, The Arab Uprisings: An Introduction, was released. An incredible feat for the two of us aside, the revolts that swept the Middle East and North Africa from...

Egypt: The Emperor Has No Clothes

August 20, 2013

Egypt's army and the technocratic elites have also exposed the old face of authoritarianism. Two years ago, at the first meeting of my MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford University, the Arab Spring – the transnational domino revolution – was all over the place and on...

Egypt: A Coup or the Will of the People?

July 30, 2013

Morsi's ouster shows that the march towards democracy is far from linear. Background Egypt's political history was turbulent in the 20th century. After the failure of the “liberal experiment” in the 1940s, the Free Officers Movement, led by Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser,...

Military Coup in Egypt: A Recipe for Failure

July 09, 2013

Morsi’s political demise has far-reaching consequences for Egypt and the region. Egypt is back to square one, with the military grabbing centre stage again through a coup in all but name. This came just two-and-a-half years after mass protests toppled President Hosni Mubarak in a popular...