Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Myth of Gamal Mubarak


Most Egyptians today are obsessed with the succession conversation, and rightfully so, for the country’s fate has always been decided by the whim of its individual ruler, rather than institutions. The common sentiment in all these conversations is that Gamal Mubarak’s accession to power is a near fait accompli. However, I would make a contrarian argument that this is a myth. Gamal Mubarak is unlikely to be Egypt’s next President; and if he did, it will be for a very short period. Why? Continue reading

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The Economic Cost of Authoritarianism


For three decades, Mubarak made a strong argument that political reforms need to come after economic reforms. He argued that people care about making a living – food, shelter, jobs, education and healthcare – rather than political freedoms. And to reform the economy we need “stability,” as opposed to the chaos that comes with a democratic process. Yet every day that passes shows how flawed this argument is: we are losing both, out political freedoms and our economic livelihood. Why? Continue reading

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