26 Feb 2020

Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian strongman undone by the Arab Spring, dead at 91

Hosni Mubarak, ruler of Egypt for nearly three decades, has passed away at the age of 91. Mubarak died last night according to his son. Over his 29 years in power, Mubarak crushed a rising Islamist radical movement and maintained the peace pact with Israel that got his predecessor killed.

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02 Oct 2013

Football and the Illusive Stability of Coalition Governments in the MENA States

An Arab Spring political cycle is emerging. Single-party domination gives way to multi-party democracy which crumbles back into single-party domination. Football: An Introductory Anecdote Sitting with a group of western-educated, politically active Tunisians at a restaurant in Tunis, I commented on my surprise at the absence of soccer-playing children. I

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04 Sep 2012

Jordan’s Uncertain Future

Public protests erupted throughout Jordan in February of this year. While security officials in Amman are well accustomed to demonstrations within the city limits, the February protests also reached further out into the tribal regions, leading some to think that these small tremors of unrest are signs of a larger

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