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December 30, 2011

United States
Mubarakism Without Mubarak

Yesterday’s Cairo raids on human rights organizations were not an attempt by the Egyptian military to crush Egyptian extremists or to weaken the Muslim Brotherhood or the Salafist party after their r…

November 18, 2017

Zimbabwe
Mugabe and Mubarak

Robert Mugabe is finally falling from power, after 37 years of vicious dictatorship that ruined his country. Why now? Was it the destruction of the economy? Jailing too many opponents? Too much in…

January 5, 2012

Egypt
Mubarak’s Fate

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak lies on a stretcher while being transported to the courtroom at the police academy in Cairo on January 5, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters). Among the many problems Egy…

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September 23, 2013

Egypt
Mubarak Speaks--Unfortunately

Through a leaked recording of conversations with his doctor over the past year, we now have new insights into the mind of Hosni Mubarak. Of course, we can’t be sure everything is authentic--not yet, …

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…

July 23, 2018

Syria
The Syrian War Is Over, and America Lost

This article first appeared here on ForeignPolicy.com July 23, 2018. Earlier this month, Syrian regime forces hoisted their flag above the southern town of Daraa and celebrated. Although there is …

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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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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…

June 20, 2016

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s Gamal Mubarak

Like Gamal Mubarak, the once-presumed heir to Egypt's presidency, once was, Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is seen as the favorite son and natural heir of his ruling father, r…

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September 29, 2014

Egypt
Hating Mubarak; Loving Sisi

Over the last few years, Egypt has become an object lesson in how narrow interests, greed, and politics can quickly undo noble ideas and aspirations. The time since former President Hosni Mubarak’s d…

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