Mohammed ElBaradei

Right-Wing Paranoia And Egypt
February 01, 2011

The right's reaction to the demonstrations in Egypt has been fascinating to watch. It's certainly true that history is replete with examples of liberal revolutions that proceeded to take a decidedly illiberal turn. Even those of us thrilling at the sight of the peaceful, universalistic, cross-secular march in Egypt can fear about the potential for a well-organized Islamist minority to seize control of the government after Mubarak falls.

The Answer to Egypt’s Problems?
February 01, 2011

President Mubarak’s government may soon collapse. Popular support for him has evaporated, and while the Obama administration has declined to officially take sides in the Egyptian protests, it is clearly looking toward some sort of endgame. But what form would such a transition take?

The President in Occultation
February 01, 2011

Item: “In recounting Saturday’s deliberations, [administration officials] said Mr. Obama was acutely conscious of avoiding any perception that the United States was once again quietly engineering the ouster of a major Middle East leader. … ‘He said several times that the outcome has to be decided by the Egyptian people, and the U.S. cannot be in a position of dictating events.’”—David E.

A Note of Warning and Encouragement for Egyptians
January 30, 2011

After days of unrest, after declaring martial law in some of the country’s main cities, the authoritarian leader gave a much anticipated television speech. His tone was repentant. He promised change and reform. The people wanted democracy and he promised to bend to their wishes.   For a long time, the United States had been advising him to open his political system—but had been seen publicly as his chief supporter. The U.S.