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Democracy in Egypt

The Mental Demands Of Democracy

Todd Breyfogle | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Todd Breyfogle

Beyond the electoral and parliamentary institutions, democracy demands collective commitments to a regime of the rule of law, the institutions of civil society, and an educational system which promotes independent thinking. Democracy demands participation in what we might call a cultural curriculum of deliberative compromise.

Five Things to Look for in the Egyptian Presidential Elections

Neil Hicks | Posted 07.22.2012 | World
Neil Hicks

Egyptians will go to the polls tomorrow to vote in their first-ever competitive presidential election. Whoever wins will have legitimacy in a contest in which tens of millions of voters will choose from a broad range of candidates.

Egypt's Presidential Elections: A Moment for the U.S. Government to Lead on Human Rights

Neil Hicks | Posted 07.09.2012 | World
Neil Hicks

The collapses of authoritarian regimes of the last 15 months should have taught U.S. policymakers one lesson: the old formula of tolerating and colluding with authoritarianism in return for (an often illusory) stability does not work.

Don't Return to Business as Usual in Egypt: Link Foreign Aid to Democratic Progress in Egypt

Neil Hicks | Posted 05.18.2012 | World
Neil Hicks

Ignoring the human rights and democracy conditions that Congress has placed on U.S. foreign assistance to Egypt would be seen as the U.S. government giving its unconditional support to anti-democratic forces in Egypt.

Egyptian Elections: Five Reasons to Stick With the Process

Neil Hicks | Posted 02.01.2012 | World
Neil Hicks

Egypt's democratic transition faces two main threats: subversion by anti-democratic religious extremists; and obstruction by an authoritarian military junta loathe to yield power to civilian rule. Those who support continuing democratic progress in Egypt must oppose both.

Not Giving Egypt's Military Junta What It Wants

Neil Hicks | Posted 12.11.2011 | World
Neil Hicks

The quality of the U.S. relationship with Egypt will be determined by the progress Egypt makes towards democratic governance that protects and upholds the basic rights and freedoms of all of its people.

Egypt's Malaise

Neil Hicks | Posted 09.07.2011 | World
Neil Hicks

The outbreaks of violence in Egypt have to date not been that serious, but they have been sufficient to deal a serious blow to people's confidence.

The Hypocrisy Of War

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

The U.S. just started another war. We're good at starting wars. We're not good at ending them, but we start them really well. They say this is for "humanitarian" reasons. But aren't they all?

Data Casts Doubt on Glanz and Markoff's Egypt Kill Switch Theory

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Human Rights First

The suggestion that the Mubarak regime was more interested in cutting Egyptians' connection to the outside world than in disrupting the organizing potential of the internet within Egypt is dubious.

Elise Foley

Obama Proposes Cuts To Democracy-Promoting Programs Abroad, Despite GOP Rebukes Over Egypt | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Amid the tumultuous revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, Republicans have criticized President Barack Obama for failing to adequately suppo...

What's Next in Egypt: 'Mubarakism Without Mubarak'?

Neil Hicks | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Neil Hicks

The Mubarak regime has relied on U.S. assistance to deny the Egyptian people basic freedoms again and again. If the U.S. government continues the status quo, it will be endorsing the same despotism that has brought us to this point of crisis.

When Pharaoh Falls: Six Lessons From The Exodus For Egypt Today

Bruce Feiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bruce Feiler

One parallel that's been mostly overlooked is the remarkable similarities between current events and the story about the confrontation between Israel and the pharaoh of ancient Egypt.

Lack of a Consistent U.S. Message on Human Rights And Democracy Fuels Unrest In The Arab World

Neil Hicks | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Neil Hicks

The tumultuous events in Tunisia last week have almost vanished from the newspapers as mass protests against the repressive rule of U.S. ally President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt have seized the headlines.

One Year After Cairo Speech: The Imperative of Promoting Human Rights in Egypt

Neil Hicks | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Neil Hicks

Unless Obama finds a way to use the succession from rule by Mubarak as an opportunity to place U.S. relations with Egypt on a different footing, Egypt will be at risk of greater instability.

Egypt: Settling for Stagnation

Thomas A. Dine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Thomas A. Dine

When pro-democracy leaders in Egypt start sounding nostalgic for George W. Bush, you might suspect that something is amiss given only 22% of Egyptians had a favorable view of the US by the end of his presidency.

Gamal Mubarak for A Second Term?

Wael Nawara | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Wael Nawara

These and many other counts of corruption and abuse of power have managed to give "liberal" policies a bad name amongst Egyptians, who now think that Liberalism is equal to nepotism.