Eric Trager

The Islamic Insurgency That Could Soon Hit Egypt
August 19, 2013

Shortly after the uprising-cum-coup that toppled Mohamed Morsi on July 3, I asked an Egyptian military official why the generals removed Morsi after only four days of protests when they had waited 18 days to remove Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The Muslim Brotherhood Can't Save Morsi Now
July 03, 2013

It seems illogical that mass protests should force an elected president from office, especially only a year into a four-year term.

Egypt Will Erupt Again on June 30
June 24, 2013

The Middle Egypt governorate of Beni Suef, an agricultural province located 70 miles south of Cairo, is an Islamist stronghold.

Back to Mubarak
January 25, 2013

Long after the moving images of Egypt’s Facebook-addicted, pro-democratic revolutionaries faded from Tahrir Square, they have remained firmly implanted in the minds of American observers 6,000 miles away.

Have We Lost Egypt? A Dialogue on Islamists, Reactionaries, and American Diplomacy
December 14, 2012

After weeks of political intrigue and street violence, Egyptians will vote this weekend on a controversial new constitution. TNR asked two analysts with differing perspectives on events in the region, Nathan Brown and Eric Trager, to weigh in on the immediate and long-term future of the world's most influential Arab country. TNR: What exactly is in the newly drafted Constitution? Does it really privilege Islamists? Nathan Brown: Most of the complaints in Egypt about the document are about process—who wrote it and how—and far less about content.

Why Won’t Morsi Back Down? Read His Resume
November 30, 2012

The Egyptian president's C.V. explains his recent actions.

Shame on Anyone Who Ever Thought Mohammad Morsi Was a Moderate
November 26, 2012

The unbearable naivete of Western defenders of the Muslim Brotherhood.

What’s Going On in Egyptian Politics? Don’t Ask Egyptians
July 09, 2012

CAIRO—One of the more charming aspects of post-Mubarak Egypt is the frequency with which political debate erupts spontaneously between ordinary pedestrians, who are then quickly surrounded by dozens of on-listeners eager to hear competing points and, more often than not, interject their own. These deliberative blobs are the best indication that Egypt’s suddenly competitive political life is trickling down to the masses.

The Muslim Brotherhood Won an Election, But Is It Really Democratic?
June 26, 2012

CAIRO, Egypt—In the stultifying, 100-plus-degree heat of Tahrir Square on Sunday, where tens of thousands gathered to hear the results of Egypt’s first relatively free presidential election, the sweaty, and occasionally fainting, masses were morbidly grim. Many in the Islamist-dominant crowd were convinced that Egypt’s military junta would anoint former prime minister Ahmed Shafik the next president, and they anticipated deadly confrontation with security forces immediately thereafter.

The Rumors of Another Egyptian Revolution Are Greatly Exaggerated
June 20, 2012

CAIRO, Egypt—On Wednesday night, thousands of demonstrators descended onto Tahrir Square to demand an end to military rule. It was the twentieth straight night of these protests, and the Muslim Brotherhood marked the occasion by calling on its hundreds of thousands of members nationwide to join an open-ended Tahrir Square sit-in and “complete the revolution.” But from my apartment in Mohandessin, a neighborhood just three miles northwest of downtown Cairo, I couldn’t hear a thing. The streets were calm, the cafes were open, and there was nothing in sight that resembled a revolution.