Cold Comfort for Egypt

Cross-posted from the Arabist. With the Muslim Brotherhood taking a clear majority in the parliamentary elections (followed by the Nour Party), SCAF (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces — Egypt’s ruling junta) now finds itself with a more concrete array of...

The New Chicken Littles

I decided to wait a couple weeks just to make sure. So far, so good. Citizens went to the polls in Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt. A plurality of voters threw their support behind Islamist parties. I take a look outside. The sky is still intact. Still, there is no...

Arab Spring Takes Back Seat to U.S. Military Aid for Egypt

Some telling remarks buried in a speech (“On Ensuring Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge“) justifying renewal of the annual US$3 billion aid package to Israel by the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs: I know...
Arab Spring, Israeli Isolation

Arab Spring, Israeli Isolation

With the Arab uprisings gradually reconfiguring the regional political landscape, Israel is finding itself increasingly isolated. For at least a decade, Israel has identified Iran as its main strategic nemesis, but the Arab spring has rekindled simmering tensions...

Fear of an Islamic Planet

It’s easy to make fun of Michele Bachmann: her history gaffes, her Christian extremism, her ludicrous political positions. Journalists, though, would be sad to see her leave the Republican primary race, since she can be reliably counted on to make an outrageous...

Israel’s Anti-Egypt Posturing a Boon to Eilat Attackers

Following the 8/18 terrorist attacks near Eilat, the IDF launched air strikes at Rafah, Gaza, killing at least six Palestinians (including members of the Popular Resistance Committees, who Israel alleges are behind the attacks). Further IDF action in Gaza, apparently...
Mubarak Behind Bars: Human Rights and Justice

Mubarak Behind Bars: Human Rights and Justice

The trial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has become the iconic emblem of the Arab Spring: a repressive US-backed dictator, suddenly brought down by popular mobilisation and displayed behind bars in the defendants’ cage of a Cairo courtroom....
Egypt’s Evolving Foreign Policy

Egypt’s Evolving Foreign Policy

Egypt was once a major player in the Middle East, particularly under the leadership of Gamal Abdel Nasser in the 1950s and 1960s. Over the last decades, Egypt gradually lost its prestige and influence in the region as it became an introverted autocratic regime. In the...
Winners and Losers in a New Middle East

Winners and Losers in a New Middle East

The Middle East faces a moment of truth as country after country rises up against its authoritarian leaders. No government is secure against the people-powered protest movements sweeping the region. These dramatic events will likely be the greatest U.S. foreign policy...

Obama’s Changes Don’t Match Changes of the Arab Spring

The Obama administration faced a huge challenge in trying to craft a speech describing a new U.S. policy for the Middle East in the midst of the Arab Spring. They were trying to position the U.S. as friend and supporter of the newly democratizing forces, while at the...

Name This Moment

In two short months, we’ve seen two dictators leave power and the tide of the Tea Party movement begin to turn. Young people are connecting using new forms of communication and stating that the ideals of solidarity and government of the people are very present...

Sidelining Egyptian Women after the Uprising

A century ago, more than a million people marched in streets across Europe on the first International Women’s Day. They called for an end to discrimination and for women to have the same rights as men to work, vote, and shape their countries’ futures. A...

What’s at Stake in Wisconsin

When the riots in Tunisia began I went out into the streets and shouted, “Today we are all Tunisians.” “Right on,” a middle-aged guy with a Keith Richards face shouted back. When the riots in Egypt started I went out into the streets and...