Analysis & Commentary


16th May 2012 - Quoted by Josh Rogin, Foreign Policy

Bush: The Authoritarian Regimes of the Arab World Will Fall

President George W. Bush predicted Tuesday that the remaining authoritarian regimes in North Africa and the Middle East are unsustainable and will give way to movements driven by the quest for freedom and human rights.

14th May 2012 - The Journal of International Security Affairs

How Saudi Arabia Has Survived—So Far

Jonathan Schanzer

On December 17, 2010, the self-immolation of Tunisian street vendor Muhammad Bouazizi, who was protesting the confiscation of his wares and harassment by the country’s authorities.

25th April 2012 - The National Interest

Mubarak’s Old Stalwarts Vie for Supremacy

In late May, Egyptians will vote in the first free presidential election in their history. But despite parliamentary elections and other inklings of democracy, the forces of the old dictatorship under deposed President Hosni Mubarak still hold the cards.

23rd April 2012 - The Wall Street Journal

The Islamist Road to Democracy

Reuel Marc Gerecht

For many on the American left and right, the "Arab Spring" has become the "Arab Winter" of triumphant fundamentalists. In Egypt, where Arab liberalism was once strong, religious parties overwhelmed secularists in recent parliamentary elections.

19th April 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

Liberate ‘Zones of Electronic Repression’!

Clifford D. May

Islamists shouldn’t be allowed to use Western technology to crush dissent.

17th April 2012 - Interviewed by Barry Rubin, PJ Media

Syria’s Revolution: An Interview with Ammar Abdulhamid

Ammar Abdulhamid has been the most articulate and credible voice of the Syrian opposition and the movement to overthrow the current regime. Barry Rubin interviewed him to get a clearer view on what’s going on in Syria and on what the future prospects are for the bloody conflict.

4th April 2012 - The American Interest

The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted

In June 2010, the U.S. State Department led a high-level delegation of technology executives to Syria. Comprised of representatives from, among other corporations, Cisco, Dell, Microsoft and Symantec, the purpose of the trip was to improve relations with a nation that...

15th March 2012 - Center for Independent Studies - Australia

From Tehran to Tahrir Square: Is Freedom Really Sweeping the Middle East?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

At the start of the Arab Spring in early 2011, Western nations around the world held their breath and hoped that the chaotic uprisings on the streets of Egypt and neighbouring countries would herald democracy in the Middle East. It’s been a year since the movement began and much has...

3rd February 2012 - The Washington Post

The Military, Not Mubarak, was Egyptians’ Real Enemy

Aside from Egypt, perhaps no place in the world was more galvanized by the events in Cairo’s Tahrir Square last year than Washington. American policymakers and foreign policy experts on both sides of the aisle rallied behind the cause of the young men and women

18th January 2012 - CNN

How U.S. Can Help Stop Bloodshed in Syria

After more than six months of silence, Syria's leader, Bashar al-Assad, spoke last week for only the fourth time since the beginning of the country's widespread uprising in March. His words show that he is as delusional now as when the protests began.

8th January 2012 - Faster, Please!

You Cannot Reform a Totalitarian (You’ve Got to Defeat Him)

Michael Ledeen

Back when I was even younger, and living in Rome, the main topic of conversation was of course Communism. Italy had the largest Communist Party outside the Soviet Union, and it was forever on the cusp of becoming the biggest party in Italy, thus forming the government, thus taking over.

8th January 2012 - Quoted by Tara Bahrampour, The Washington Post

Syrian Americans Anxiously Monitor Uprising

“Sometimes I tape them, because it’s a part of our history,” said the 43-year-old mother of two, who took a leave from her job as an Arabic teacher to help the uprising that began in Syria last spring and has been met with a violent crackdown.

25th December 2011 - Faster, Please!

Why Tyrants Fall

Michael Ledeen

What spells the doom of dictators? Nobody really knows, and there are so many “whats” that the whole subject defies quantification. Coups and assassinations, revolutions, defeats in war, and even sudden collapses, are all to be found in the texts, ancient and modern.

22nd December 2011 - The American Interest

Egyptian Liberals Against the Revolution

Sitting in a Pizza Hut just a block from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Mina Rezkalla can’t stop telling me how much he loves Seinfeld. This is strange not least because Egypt is one of the most anti-Semitic countries in the world and Jerry Seinfeld’s eponymous television series is an exemplar...

1st December 2011 - National Review Online

Democracy Project Triumph: Islamists Surge Ahead in Egyptian Elections

It would be hard to overstate what a catastrophe the Egyptian elections are shaping into. Reports about stage one of the long process show not only that the Muslim Brotherhood may be getting over 50 percent of the vote

29th November 2011 - January25 TV - Egypt

News Update

The Egyptian Parliamentary elections and Egyptians voting abroad.

29th November 2011 - Fox News

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Were Egypt's parliamentary elections successful?

28th November 2011 - Cited by Toni Johnson, Council on Foreign Relations

Egypt’s Uncertain Vote

A number of experts, such as Leila Hilal and Khaled Elgindy, say that removing the military (FP) from transitional political process will help with stability.

28th November 2011 - CBC News

Power & Politics

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz and human rights activist Kyle Matthews discuss the issues surrounding the elections in Egypt.

25th November 2011 - International Herald Tribune

Egypt’s Military Must Step Aside

With only days left before Egyptians are to vote in their first elections since the fall of Hosni Mubarak, thousands of protesters spanning every political ideology, from secular to Islamist, have taken to the streets to pressure the military into relaxing its grip on power.

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