Review Essay: Why Tunisia?

October 2018

A review of Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly by Safwan M. Masri.

Has the Door Closed on Arab Democracy?

January 2015

In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, democracy in the Arab world seems farther away today than at any point in the last 25 years. If it is to ever arrive, it will likely be through a more evolutionary and elite-driven process.

The Ups and Downs of Islamism

July 2014

A review of Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East by Shadi Hamid.

Tracking the "Arab Spring": Why the Modest Harvest?

October 2013

Popular uprisings have occurred only in some Arab states and in even fewer have authoritarian rulers been overthrown. What factors allow us to predict whether an authoritarian regime will be vulnerable?

The Upheavals in Egypt and Tunisia: The Road to (and from) Liberation Square

July 2011

Egyptians threw off the thirty-year dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak, but now find themselves under essentially the same military tutelage that they had hoped to escape.

Islamist Parties and Democracy: Are They Democrats? Does It Matter?

July 2008

The journalistic and policy communities have been alive with speculation as to whether Islamist groups involved in politics—including Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Palestine’s Hamas— are true believers in democracy or calculating pragmatists who, in Steven Cook’s words, are “seeking to use democratic procedures in order to advance an antidemocratic agenda.”