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Ty McCormick

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A Morton's Fork for Egypt's Generals

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 2:11 PM

The trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is now underway despite fears that members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), the country's interim ruling body, might shield their former boss from the humiliation of the courtroom. But SCAF, which has already drawn criticism in...

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Beyond Realism and Idealism: Explaining Obama's Shifting Middle East Policy

(6) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 5:39 PM

Much has been made of President Obama's intellectual incoherence following his decision to intervene militarily in Libya. Caught between hard-nosed realists like Thomas Donilon and Robert Gates and liberal interventionalists like Samantha Power, Hillary Clinton, and Susan Rice, Obama has been apparently unable to advance any overarching ideology of his...

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Clash of Civilizations Re-Revisited

(3) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 2:08 PM

CAIRO -- Epic tragedy is what binds Samuel Huntington, the late Harvard political scientist, and Osama bin Laden: While the former prophesied a "clash of civilizations" nearly two decades ago, the latter spent two decades trying to ignite one. Even today, after Huntington's seminal work has been discarded once, revived...

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Revolution Blues

(4) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 3:37 PM

CAIRO -- At a National Security Council meeting in 1959, President Eisenhower mused, "If you go and live with these Arabs, you will find that they simply cannot understand our ideas of freedom and human dignity. They have lived so long under dictatorships of one kind or another,...

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The Changing Situation in Egypt: Reflections on Military Detention

(12) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 8:47 AM

What startled me most was the force with which the soldier seized my arm. He was young, not more than twenty, and the contempt -- was it fear? -- in his beady eyes was matched only by the vicious manner in which he wrenched the camera from my hands. I...

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Talking Transition With Egypt's Saad Eddin Ibrahim

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 2:20 PM

CAIRO, Egypt -- with the exception of weekly demonstrations in Tahrir Square to commemorate the martyrs of the revolution, a relative calm has settled over Cairo since I returned two weeks ago. Shops are open, the streets are once again a sea of unmoving vehicles, and the sounds of cabs...

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Is 140 Characters (Enough!) for Arab Civil Society?

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 3:11 PM

CAIRO and PALO ALTO -- The National Democratic Party headquarters was not the only thing left smoldering in ruin after the Egyptian Revolution; so too was almost everything we thought we knew about the socio-political dynamics of Egypt and, perhaps, the region as a whole. Egypt's civil society was too...

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Why the Military Cannot Lead a Transition to Democracy in Egypt

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 9:23 AM

2011-02-07-IMG_0510_protest.jpgISTANBUL, Turkey -- Perhaps it is patriotism, perhaps it is the remarkable professionalism with which the Egyptian Army has conducted itself, or perhaps it is the simple fact that nearly all Egyptian men serve in the military during their...

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Mubarak Holds On, U.S. Shifts Course Slightly on Democracy Promotion

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 1:16 PM


Istanbul, Turkey -- Following massive protests yesterday in Cairo's Tahrir Square -- the largest since unrest erupted more than a week ago -- President Hosni Mubarak announced that he would not seek reelection later this year. As those who remain in the...

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The Arc of Revolution: Egypt and Tunisia's Uphill Battle to Democracy

(6) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 8:39 AM

CAIRO, Egypt -- The past several days have seen Egypt in the throes of its own Jasmine Revolution. Throngs of protestors disenchanted with the regime took to the streets, burning tires and chanting "Freedom," and "Oh Mubarak, Saudi Arabia awaits you," a reference to the current hiding place of Tunisia's...

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Why Islamic History Offers New Reasons to Support Democracy in Egypt, the Middle East

(26) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 11:37 AM

Islamic democracy is a contradiction in terms -- at least that is the implicit message coming from the Obama administration.

In Egypt, where an opposition movement led by Mohamed ElBaradei -- a Nobel laureate and the former head of the International Atomic Agency -- has presented the U.S. with the...

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