Tag: Egyptian Military

Military Blunder Could Cost Egypt More Than Its War on Terror

Military Blunder Could Cost Egypt More Than Its War on Terror

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,...

Lessons from the Egyptian Revolution

Lessons from the Egyptian Revolution

Egyptians psychologically need a strong national institution. Two sayings often come to my mind when I think about the Egyptian revolution these days. The first is attributed to Prophet Mohammed: "khayr al-amur al-wasat" (the best path is the middle one). The second is attributed to James...

Revolution Square One: Egypt Three Years On

Revolution Square One: Egypt Three Years On

Egyptian revolutionaries face an upward battle against the tides of the establishment. With the world watching, Egypt’s long-time intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, announced the departure of Hosni Mubarak from his presidential throne on February 11, 2011. The epic eruption of cheers, tears,...

The Muslim Brotherhood: Islam and Democracy in Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood: Islam and Democracy in Egypt

Despite mounting pressure, the Muslim Brotherhood is unlikely to take up arms. Whether or not the Arab Spring heralded a democratic transition in the Arab world, it was significant in the sense that even political parties with a predominantly Islamic ideology took to the streets demanding justice...

Referendum in Egypt: International Monitoring Helps the Regime

Referendum in Egypt: International Monitoring Helps the Regime

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...

The Yom Kippur War: 40 Years Later

The Yom Kippur War: 40 Years Later

The Yom Kippur War ended the Israeli attitude of disrespect towards Arab capabilities. Mark Twain, ever a source of infinite wisdom, once remarked that "God created war, so that Americans will learn geography" — whereas wars for Israel were about survival, saving the home, and...

Egypt: Looking Forward

Egypt: Looking Forward

In seeking to understand Egypt's unrest, it may be helpful to reach back into US history. My friend network wrote a comment about my last article on Egypt quoting de Tocqueville, stating that political Islam was incompatible with democracy. A more accurate description might be that...

Is Russia Returning to Egypt?

Is Russia Returning to Egypt?

Egypt's shift to Russia is an attempt to put Washington under pressure. Since Mohammed Morsi’s ouster, western states have been caught in a balancing act between normative criticism and pragmatic interest in Egypt’s stability. The relationship with the new actors in power in Cairo...

Washington and the Egyptian Tragedy

Washington and the Egyptian Tragedy

American-made weapons have killed the vast majority of unarmed protesters in Egypt. As in El Salvador, Nicaragua, East Timor, Angola, Lebanon, and Gaza in previous years, the massive killing of civilians in Egypt is being done with US-provided weapons by a US-backed government. As a result, the...

Is the Brotherhood Using Martyrdom as “Revolutionary Capital”?

Is the Brotherhood Using Martyrdom as “Revolutionary Capital”?

The Muslim Brotherhood could make significant political gains from encouraging the martyrdom of its members. Since the Egyptian military evicted President Mohammed Morsi from power on July 3, the streets of numerous cities and towns in Egypt have seen demonstrations from Muslim Brotherhood...

The US Bogeyman in Post-Coup Egypt

The US Bogeyman in Post-Coup Egypt

In Egypt, the US has become the bogeyman for both the revolutionaries and the Muslim Brothers. The Saudi-supported military overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on July 3, 2013, following massive demonstrations against him throughout Cairo and Egypt, presented the United States with a...

Mubarakism Without Mubarak: The Struggle for Egypt (Part 1)

Mubarakism Without Mubarak: The Struggle for Egypt (Part 1)

Call it a coup or not, but Egypt now has Mubarakism without Mubarak. This is the first of a three part series. Ever since Mohammed Morsi was elected president of Egypt in democratic elections marred by his Mubarakist opponent Ahmad Shafiq’s electoral corruption and bribes, a coalition of...

Did Anti-Morsi Protesters Violate a Principle of Legality?

Did Anti-Morsi Protesters Violate a Principle of Legality?

To analyze events in Egypt, the unjust legal or constitutional arrangement needs to be explored. Several months ago, a group of young Egyptians began a petition to remove elected President Mohammed Morsi from office. This campaign culminated on June 30 in massive protests that raised the same...

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