Nathan J. Brown

Egypt Has Replaced a Single Dictator With a Slew of Dictatorial Institutions

The sad story of Amr Hamzawy and Emad Shahin

On June 5, 2013, Amr Hamzawy, an academic and former liberal parliamentarian, tweeted a quick criticism of the verdict of an Egyptian court. Earlier this month, he discovered that he was being investigated for a criminal offense and was barred from leaving the country. The grave crime in question? Insulting the judiciary.

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Egypt's Rulers Are About to Make the Same Mistake Morsi Did

Seeds of Discontent in a New Constitution

Are Egypt’s current rulers making the same mistake as their Muslim Brotherhood predecessors of pushing through a constitution that will alienate their allies and agitate their opponents? A committee of ten judges and law professors have drafted a document that reflects the priorities of the deep state but offers far less to others.

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Egypt Officially Declares What Is and Isn't Important

Three things that the interim president's constitutional declaration makes clear

Interim Egyptian President Adli Mansour on Monday did his fellow citizens a huge favor by issuing his “constitutional declaration,” which is designed to do two things. First, with the country’s 2012 constitution suspended until it can be amended, the declaration is supposed to provide a bare-bones constitutional framework. Second, it spells out the rules by which the 2012 constitution can be amended, and elections for parliament and president restored.

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What's Next in Egypt?

A roadmap for backseat drivers

As the new military and civilian leadership of Egypt prepares to put some meat on the bare bones of its “road map” for the country's political future, countless pundits have become backseat drivers. I do not consider myself one of them; I do not know what Egyptians should do. But here is what I think bears watching over the short and medium term—and also what has gotten too much attention.What to watch closely in the days ahead

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Where Does the Muslim Brotherhood Go From Here?

Reckoning with Morsi's failure

Reckoning with Morsi's failure

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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.

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Egypt's judiciary really was out to get the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Yes, Hamas can change and evolve. In some ways, it already has.

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How the U.S. should react to the last few days in Egypt.

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