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Joshua Stacher


Transnational Discourses of Power, Revolutions, and Uprisings

[US Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, right, poses for a photo with Egyptian Minister of Defense Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi in the Pentagon on 25 March 2008. Photo from Wikimedia Commons]

[This article is part of a Jadaliyya roundtable on “The Language of Revolution in Egypt.” The roundtable, which can be accessed in full by clicking here, features contributions by Paul Sedra, Robert Springborg, and Joshua Stacher, Adam Sabra, and Elliott Colla.] My friend and colleague Paul Sedra raises important points about the language we use as well as the implications that emerge from what’s in a name. His critique is nuanced and I agree it is vital to reflexively ...

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New Texts Out Now: Joshua Stacher, Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria

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Joshua Stacher, Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2012.  Jadaliyya: What made you write this book? Joshua Stacher: The central reason for writing this book was to understand the differences in how executive power operates in autocratic political systems. I had been living in Cairo for about four years and, while I had traveled to other Arab countries and noticed differences, I had grown accustomed to the ...

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Encouraging the Outcome through Silence

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On Tuesday February 1st, the 82-year old Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled Egypt with a hammer-swinging fist since 1981, announced that he would not run in September’s presidential election. He also pledged to “die on Egyptian soil,” sending the message that he would be retiring in Egypt, not into exile. The demonstrators rejected his belated concession. The protesters’ demands have not wavered since the beginning of the uprising. They want an end to Mubarak’s tenure and have ...

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Joshua Stacher


Joshua Stacher is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kent State University. Dr. Stacher is the author of Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria, which will be published by Stanford University Press in April 2012. His research articles have appeared in Middle East Journal, History Compass, Arab Studies Quarterly, and The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. Stacher is also on the editorial board of MERIP. He has made media appearances and written commentary for NPR, CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera English, Foreign Affairs, and Jadaliyya, among others. He is also a founding member of the Northeast Ohio Consortium on Middle East Studies (NOCMES). His website can be found here.