In Service of the State
Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Mohamed Hassenein Heikal were the products of an Egyptian intellectual class that never imagined a life outside the state, and of serving its ruler.
A Reform Agenda For Egypt
How President Sisi’s Al Azhar Speech from earlier this year can serve as an opening for real reform.
The Sources of Egyptian Anti-Semitism
From liberals to Islamists, one of the only ideas that binds Egyptians is anti-Semitism. Where did it come from? Why is Egyptian culture so drenched in this toxic ideology? And what does it mean for the world and for Egypt’s future?
Egypt, for Real
A couple of days ago, I was asked a few questions about what chances liberal forces had in Egypt after the referendum. My response was in the negative. The young activists so often described in the Western media as liberal, democratic or secular stand no chance in the next parliamentary elections scheduled for next September. […]
Out of Egypt
February 1, 2010—One week ago, Egypt was a stable authoritarian regime, prospects of change were minimal, and every expert in Washington would have bet on the endurance of its regime. Today, Egypt is in a state of chaos. The regime, even after using its mightiest sword, hasn’t been able to control the country, and the […]