Tag Archives: Amin Elmasry

The Tipping Point: When Will Change Come to Egypt?


Egyptians are unhappy with their government and the state of the country – nobody can argue against that. However, for any meaningful change to happen, three conditions need to take to take place. Continue reading

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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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Can we Trust Them with Free Elections?


One of the most common arguments among the Egyptian elite, whenever the “idea” of free elections comes up is: can we trust the people (often said with a disgusted look) with free elections? What do they know? They’re ignorant at best, Islamist at worst, and often both. Continue reading

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Living Under an Ailing President


Regardless of what one may think of Mubarak’s 30 years presidency, his surgery in Germany last March sets a new phase in his presidency, and possibly dominating his legacy. These events usher the beginning of the final phase in President Mubarak’s reign – “living under an ailing president”. Continue reading

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