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Jason Brownlee


In Response to Mubarak

[President George W. Bush and Egyptian President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak address the media in Cross Hall at the White House March 5. Source: White House photo by Eric Draper.]

On 10 June the Youm7 website carried a summary of my book Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance (Cambridge University Press 2012), translated into Arabic under the title إجهاض الديمقراطية.. الحصاد المر للعلاقات المصرية الأمريكية فى أربعين  عاًما (Dar El Thaqafa El Jedida 2013).  The book draws on interviews with key decision makers and previously untapped written sources to argue that authoritarianism is a transnational ...

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Violence Against Copts in Egypt

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The Egyptian Orthodox Christian community—the Copts—has been the target of violence and discrimination since the 1970s and especially following the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian state has done little to remedy the situation and has at times enabled the conflict between Muslims and Christians. Achieving religious freedom and equality depends on building state institutions that can guarantee all citizens’ constitutional rights. The ...

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Spring of Fury in Egypt

[Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (left) and late President Anwar al-Sadat (right). Photo from]

In recent days President Mohamed Morsi and his government have drastically eroded what little hope observers had for Egypt's troubled political transition. The president's aggressive tone in public speeches has coincided with the escalation of violent "thuggery" under the aegis of an unreformed Ministry of Interior. Whereas analysts have rightly noted similarities between Morsi and the fallen regime of Hosni Mubarak, his style also recalls the turbulent second term ...

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New Texts Out Now: Jason Brownlee, Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the US-Egyptian Alliance

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Jason Brownlee, Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the US-Egyptian Alliance. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Jason Brownlee (JB): I had a series of experiences in 2009 that got me thinking about the intersection of US foreign policy and human rights abuses in Egypt. First, I was in Egypt in January 2009, during the massive protests against Operation Cast Lead (Israel's military assault on the Gaza ...

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Egypt's Incomplete Revolution: The Challenge of Post-Mubarak Authoritarianism

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While Hosni Mubarak awaits trial the security state he built is fighting for its survival and, with the help of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, may pull through. As the clock ticks toward September parliamentary polls, the champions of January 25th are struggling to raze Mubarak’s apparatus and erect an accountable government. Unfortunately, they have been obstructed by the army council that vowed to lead a democratic transition. The SCAF’s reassurances will ...

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Jason Brownlee


Jason Brownlee is Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, where he researches and teaches about US foreign policy, Middle East politics, and democratization. His first book was Authoritarianism in an Age of Democratization (published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press) and his new book Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the US-Egyptian Alliance was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. Professor Brownlee’s scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in World Politics, The American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Political Science Quarterly, and other journals. His personal website is at