Nathan J. Brown

Egypt Has Replaced a Single Dictator With a Slew of Dictatorial Institutions
The sad story of Amr Hamzawy and Emad Shahin
January 26, 2014

On June 5, 2013, Amr Hamzawy, an academic and former liberal parliamentarian, tweeted a quick criticism of the verdict of an Egyptian court.

Egypt's Rulers Are About to Make the Same Mistake Morsi Did
Seeds of Discontent in a New Constitution
August 29, 2013

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?

Egypt Officially Declares What Is and Isn't Important
Three things that the interim president's constitutional declaration makes clear
July 09, 2013

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.

What's Next in Egypt?
A roadmap for backseat drivers
July 05, 2013

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.

Where Does the Muslim Brotherhood Go From Here?
Reckoning with Morsi's failure
July 03, 2013

Reckoning with Morsi's failure

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.

Just Because Mohammad Morsi is Paranoid Doesn’t Mean He Doesn’t Have Enemies
December 03, 2012

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

The Long Road to a Moderate Hamas
November 18, 2012

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

The U.S.-Egypt Relationship Needs Therapy, Not a Divorce
September 13, 2012

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