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Jason Brownlee and Joshua Stacher

Early Observations on Post-Mubarak Egypt

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Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s resignation, through a mix of popular revolt and military intercession, sheds light on the ongoing domestic and international challenges to democratization. On January 25 Egyptians launched the Middle East’s largest democratic experiment. Mubarak’s exit on February 11 then opened a still-ongoing negotiation between military leaders and the civilian masses. The long-term politics of post-Mubarak Egypt remain to be determined, but so far ...

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Jason Brownlee and Joshua Stacher


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). He is completing a book on US-Egyptian relations. 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




Josh Stacher is an assistant professor of political science at Kent State University. He specializes on politics in Egypt and Syria. He has published on authoritarian elections, hereditary succession, human rights and the Egyptian Society of Muslim Brothers. His book, which compares regime power and adaptation in Egypt and Syria, is forthcoming with Stanford University Press (expected Spring 2012). His personal website is at