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,...

Lessons from the Egyptian Revolution

February 12, 2014

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

February 11, 2014

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

January 24, 2014

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

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...

The Rise and Fall of the Salafi al-Nour Party in Egypt (Part 2/2)

December 29, 2013

Al-Nour was providing an Islamist fig leaf for an adulatory, ultra-nationalist and oppressive military regime. Read part one here. In January, al-Nour Party elected a new head, Younis Makhyoun. Tensions between al-Nour and the Brotherhood broke to the surface when Khaled Alam Eddin, a senior...

The Rise and Fall of the Salafi al-Nour Party in Egypt (Part 1/2)

December 14, 2013

Al-Nour was providing an Islamist fig leaf for an adulatory, ultra-nationalist and oppressive military regime. When Mohamed Salmawi, the spokesman for the committee appointed to draft Egypt’s post-coup constitution, appeared before the press on October 29, the message was clear. There...

The Yom Kippur War: 40 Years Later

October 07, 2013

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

September 03, 2013

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?

September 02, 2013

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...

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