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Human Rights in Egypt

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.

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.

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.

For the U.S. in the Middle East, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

Brian Dooley | Posted 06.08.2011 | World
Brian Dooley

If U.S. officials in Cairo, Tunis, Washington and elsewhere could admit they made some bad choices, recognize they got things seriously wrong over many years it might help restore some desperately needed credibility. But sorry seems to be the hardest word.

U.S. and the Middle East Uprisings: Time to Get on the Right Side of History

Brian Dooley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brian Dooley

There is much talk in Washington DC and elsewhere of the events in Africa and the Middle East being a 1989 moment. It's hard to think otherwise, but good outcomes are far from guaranteed.

Middle East Challenges for the Obama Administration

Neil Hicks | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Neil Hicks

The wave of protests sweeping across the Middle East present the Obama administration with a unique opportunity to place U.S. relations with those countries on a new, more sustainable and more mutually beneficial footing.

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.

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.

Breaking the "Steel Vise:" U.S. Government Support for Civil Society

Neil Hicks | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Neil Hicks

Independent civil society activists around the world are waiting to be convinced by this administration's stated commitment to human rights.

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.