Mona El-Ghobashy is an independent scholar of Egyptian politics.
Articles by this Author
|Egypt's Paradoxical Elections||
For undemocratic regimes in a democratic age, elections are an extremely valuable tool. They create opportunities for limited popular participation, disarm domestic and international critics, and enhance political monitoring and control by...
|Antinomies of the Saad Eddin Ibrahim Case||
|Unsettling the Authorities||
|Egypt's Summer of Discontent||
As the long, hot Egyptian summer of 2003 wore on into autumn, gloom-and-doom scenarios filled opposition papers and daily conversations, warning of a terrible quiet before the storm. Elites and the masses are slowly being pushed together by...
|Egypt Looks Ahead to Portentous Year||
Not so long ago in Egypt, elections for the parliament, bar association and press syndicate, as well as presidential referenda, were dismissed as mere beautifying accessories for an incorrigibly authoritarian regime. In 2005, several...
|The Dynamics of Egypt's Elections||
No one thinks parliamentary elections in Egypt are democratic or even semi-democratic. The elections do not determine who governs. They are not free and fair. They install a parliament with no power to check the president. The government...
|The Liquidation of Egypt's Illiberal Experiment||
The Egyptian parliamentary elections that ended on December 5 defied expectations, not because the ruling National Democratic Party again dominates Parliament but because of the lengths to which it proved willing to go to engineer its monopoly...
|The Praxis of the Egyptian Revolution||
|Egyptian Politics Upended||
When he took office on June 30, President Muhammad Mursi of Egypt looked to have been handed a poisoned chalice. The ruling generals of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) had tolerated a clean presidential election but then had...
|Dissidence and Deference Among Egyptian Judges||
After the coup of July 3, 2013, judges in Egypt repeatedly shocked polite world opinion. In hasty proceedings held in police facilities, in the absence of defense attorneys, courts passed down sentences of death and life imprisonment for...
|Your Tax Dollars Enable Police Brutality Abroad (March 9, 2016)|
|Five Exciting Developments from Across the Middle East in 2015 (January 6, 2016)|
|Saudi Arabia's Dangerous Sectarian Game (January 5, 2016)|