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Egypt and Gaza after the war

From Michele Dunne During the recent Israeli military operation and subsequent efforts to reach a durable ceasefire, Egypt demonstrated that it has two principal interests related to Gaza: first, avoiding taking on responsibility for the one and a half million Palestinians living there; and second, transferring control of Gaza back to the Palestinian Authority led […]

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Democracy promotion: three fallacies

From Michele Dunne Can the United States still promote democracy in the Arab countries? There are three misguided assumptions and assertions circulating in discussions on this question: The United States has contaminated the idea of democracy in the Middle East and now Arabs do not want democracy because it is connected with U.S. policy. It […]

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Five years of ‘Arab Reform Bulletin’

From Michele Dunne Reform in the Arab world is not the flavor of the month in Washington that it was in 2003, but there is still a tremendous amount of activity in the region related to political, economic, and educational reform as well as human and civil rights. Today the Arab Reform Bulletin celebrates its […]

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From Michele Dunne As if it were not enough that an Egyptian criminal court sentenced civil society activist Saad Eddin Ibrahim in absentia to two years in prison plus a fine for “harming the reputation of Egypt abroad,” now the Egyptian media reports that the courts have agreed to hear another suit seeking to strip […]

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From Tamara Cofman Wittes Much of today’s backlash against democracy promotion in the Middle East can be traced to the Hamas victory in the Palestinian parliamentary elections of 2006, and its effect of reinforcing the “Algerian nightmare” complex among nervous Washington policy makers about the prospect for political takeovers of Arab countries by illiberal and […]

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From Steven A. Cook For those too caught up in the drama of on-again, off-again Israeli-Palestinian talks, the Iraq and/or Iran debates, and Lebanon’s political paralysis to pay close attention, Egypt seems like the one part of the Middle East that is not teetering on the brink. The team that Husni (and Gamal) Mubarak put […]

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From Michele Dunne President Bush’s January 16 stop in Egypt was so short that the press kept forgetting to mention it in discussing the schedule for his Middle East trip, noting that he would spend the last two days in Saudi Arabia. President Mubarak found an opportunity to zing Bush early in their joint press […]

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