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 Egyptian Army and the Muslim Brotherhood: A Complex Relationship (Part 2/2)

November 21, 2013

Pragmatism shapes the relationship between the Egyptian army and the Brotherhood. As mentioned in part one, the Egyptian army is both a military institution and a profit-oriented company. Because of that, it reasons in terms of costs and benefits. If a certain...

Egypt: The October War and the War of the Republics

November 18, 2013

Egypt’s new status quo is a reaction to the very principles of the January 25 uprisings. On October 6, Egypt celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War with Israel — known to Egyptians as the October War — with an unprecedented level of popular emotional...

Egypt’s Charade Of Progress

October 28, 2013

Achieving genuine progress in Egypt does not mean imposing restrictions. If Egyptians were to believe the current local media mantra, the country should currently be basking in a state of revolutionary afterglow since emerging victoriously from our second uprising in nearly as many years to slay...

The Deeper Social Meaning of the Muslim Brotherhood (Part 2/2)

October 10, 2013

Popular checks will make a comeback in Egypt. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. The brief history of the Muslim Brotherhood discussed in part one, gives us some context as we try to understand Egyptians’ feelings as they took to the streets on June 30. I was in...

The Deeper Social Meaning of the Muslim Brotherhood (Part 1/2)

October 08, 2013

Popular checks will make a comeback in Egypt. This is the first of a two part series. Enough time has passed since the June 30 revolution against Mohammed Morsi’s regime, which brought millions of Egyptians to the street to call for the removal of their first elected president. Many of these...

Washington and the Egyptian Tragedy

August 27, 2013

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...

America and the Muslim World: Why Outreach Matters

August 22, 2013

US diplomacy must engage the street in the Muslim world. The Muslim world is one of the most rapidly expanding demographics that will command the attention of US foreign policymakers and diplomats in the foreseeable future. The challenge for Washington in recent years has included...

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...

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