When a popular revolt forced long-ruling Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to resign on February 11, 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama hailed the victory of peaceful demonstrators in the heart of the Arab World. But Washington was late to endorse democracy—for decades the United States favored Egypt’s rulers over its people.
Using untapped primary materials, Jason Brownlee’s recently-released Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance helps explain why authoritarianism has persisted in Egypt with American support, even as policymakers claim to encourage democratic change.
Brownlee is an Associate Professor of Government and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas. His research focuses on non-democratic states and deals with issues of dissent and repression.
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