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January 13, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Don’t Hold Your Breath for Democratic Change in the Middle East

The region is accustomed to cycles of protest and political upheaval, so it’s better not to bank on successful revolutions.

Demonstrators carry a national flag during an anti-government rally in Algiers, Algeria January 3, 2020.

February 4, 2011

Egypt
The Mind of Hosni Mubarak

Americans must wonder why Egypt’s president does not understand what seems obvious to so many of us: that he should step down now and thereby help bring Egypt’s crisis to an end. Mubarak gave his own…

December 31, 2019

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2019

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2019 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

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April 3, 2017

Egypt
Egypt Goes From Bad to Worse: Under President Sisi, the Nation Longs for the Good Old Days of Mubarak

Five years after the Arab Spring, Egyptians under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are further from democracy than ever.

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August 15, 2013

Egypt
Mubarak Still Rules

This article was originally published here at ForeignPolicy.com on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.  My friend, the late Hassan El Sawaf, was correct. When I spoke to him on the evening of February 11, 2…

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November 5, 2019

Defense and Security
Why Would Arab Leaders Pursue Strategic Partnerships With Russia?

Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan attend a welcome ceremony in the United Arab Emirates, on October 15, 2019.

April 5, 2011

Egypt
Mubarak Was Correct (On Gaza)

Egyptian security forces stand guard at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip (Ismail Zaydah/Courtesy Reuters) Ever since Hosni Mubarak took flight to Sharm el Sheikh, it’s been wid…

Egyptian security forces stand guard at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip (Ismail Zaydah, Courtesy Reuters)

February 8, 2011

Egypt
Mubarak and Obama: Music and Lyrics

There has been considerable criticism of the Obama Administration’s handling of the Egypt crisis. One telling complaint in my view is that they’ve been all over the lot: seeming to back the protester…

February 11, 2011

Egypt
Mubarak Chooses Chaos-and Gets the Boot

Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak addresses the nation on February 10, 2011. (Courtesy Reuters) My views on the current situation in Egypt are published in The Weekly Standard today.

Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak addresses the nation on February 10, 2011

August 15, 2019

Political Movements
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood, once Egypt’s largest opposition movement and a standard-bearer for Islamist groups around the world, has been once again driven underground as Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has consolid…

Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi protest in Cairo.