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From Dictatorship to Democracy? Categories: Egypt, Middle East     Author: Cameron Brown

So why is it some countries that ousted their dictators became full-fledged democracies, while others did not? In examining cases from around the world, three factors in particular seem to be decisive.

The Road to Tahrir Square Categories: Egypt     Author: Michael Rubin

The great surprise is not that millions took to the streets in Egypt, but rather that the United States had for so long predicated its regional security on Mubarak.

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Twitter no more than a tool for taking on tyrants

Twitter no more than a tool for taking on tyrants Categories: Egypt, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

WITH the fall of Hosni Mubarak and Egypt's supposed transition to democracy, the buzz on everyone's lips has been the role of new media in the mass protests. Commentators around Australia and the globe have been heralding the arrival of technology as a cure for any political ailment.

The Path to Egyptian Democracy Categories: Egypt, Updates    

With the military now in charge in Egypt and promising to submit a revised constitution to a referendum in two months, and then proceed to a general election, the obvious question is; will this lead to something resembling genuine democracy in Egypt?

Some Significant Perspectives on Egypt Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

With the Egyptian situation still both volatile and apparently stale-mated - after a decline in protest numbers, they now appear to be back up again - much continues to be written about what could happen, Western policy and the roots of the current situation.


Egypt and the Islamists Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

With the crisis in Egypt apparently getting more violent and chaotic, this Update contains a number of pieces dealing with what most observers agree is the most worrying possible outcome of the Egyptian crisis, the possible takeover of Egypt by Islamists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt boils over Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Egypt has long been the centre of the Arab world. The unrest there could re-draw the map and place all Arab despots at risk. What would replace them is impossible to know. However, at the very least, their fall would grant an immense short-term boost to the forces of Middle East Islamist extremism a

Whither Egypt? Categories: Egypt, Middle East, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

With the extensive coverage of the mass unrest in Egypt, and President Mubarak having announced (with a bit of a nudge from Washington) that he will neither be contesting the election in September nor leaving the country, this Update will focus on informed speculation about what might happen next in

Egypt in Turmoil/ Hezbollah gets its way Categories: Egypt, Lebanon, Middle East, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update deals with the fallout from the extraordinary three days of protest in Egypt, following the example of Tunisia. It also has some analysis of Hezbollah's apparent success in getting its preferred candidate, businessman Najib Mikati, in position to become Lebanon's next PM.

Egypt's Year of Decision Categories: Egypt     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Egypt's presidential election is still a year off. However, by October 2011, ailing President Hosni Mubarak will be 83 and have ruled the Land of the Pharaohs continuously for 30 years. But whether he steps down, tries to hold on for another term, or passes from the scene before a successor is appoi

Essay: The Rebound Categories: Asia, Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Terrorism     Author: Zachary Abuza

Jemaah Islamiah has for more than 15 years fought to transform Indonesia into an Islamist state. In recent years, its terrorist campaign has suffered setbacks. As Jemaah Islamiah regroups, it builds upon the experience of Middle East terrorist groups.

Philadelphi story Categories: Egypt, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

A primary target of the Israeli operation against Hamas in December and January was weapons smuggling tunnels under the border between the Gaza Strip and the Egyptian Sinai. This border zone is known as the Philadelphi corridor.

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