PrintPrint CiteCite
Style: MLAAPAChicago Close


A Foot in the Door for Egyptian Democracy

Author: Steven A. Cook, Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies
September 8, 2005
Foreign Policy


There was never any doubt that Hosni Mubarak would win Egypt's presidential election. But look a little further down the road, and you just might see a refreshingly uncertain path for Egyptian politics.

Egypt's presidential election was a farce. Challengers running against the 24-year incumbent, Hosni Mubarak, faced insurmountable obstacles. But just because the election was a sham, doesn't mean that it was meaningless. The constitutional amendments that were instituted to make the election possible may just open the door for real democracy in Egypt.

View full text of article.

More on This Topic

Expert Roundup

Egypt After the Election

Authors: Steven A. Cook, Charles W. Dunne, Michael Wahid Hanna, and Issandr El Amrani

Egyptians will vote for president on May 26–27 in an election whose outcome is considered a foregone conclusion. Four experts weigh the state...


Sisi 2014!

Author: Steven A. Cook

With Egyptian Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's recent entry into the country's presidential race, many consider his victory a foregone...