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>> December 19, 2016 - 6:21pm

The Rise And Fall Of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood: An Interview with Author Eric Trager

By: Elliot Resnick


Five years ago, many in the West were hailing the “Arab Spring,” viewing the wave of uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, and elsewhere as the harbinger of a new liberal democratic era for the Middle East. No such era ensued. In Egypt, for example, the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak’s regime led not to a liberal government but to one run by the radical Muslim Brotherhood. And in 2013, Egypt’s military – headed by General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi – overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood and returned the country to autocratic rule.

Eric Trager, a fellow at the Washington Institute, did research in Egypt during the Arab Spring, interviewing dozens of Muslim Brotherhood members, including the future Egyptian president, Muhammad Morsi. He analyzes the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise and fall in Egypt in his recently-published “Arab Fall: How the Muslim Brotherhood Won and Lost Egypt in 891 Days” (Georgetown University Press).


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>> December 19, 2016 - 6:14pm

How did the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Win and Lose Power in 891 Days?


We talk to Eric Trager, author of Arab Fall, about his experiences in Egypt... What is the Muslim Brotherhood, why were they perfectly positioned to seize power, and why were they doomed to fail?

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>> December 19, 2016 - 6:09pm

Government Matters
The Federal Management Playbook

10/24/2016 1:40PM   
By Colby Hochmuth | Published Monday, November 14, 2016

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>> December 13, 2016 - 4:27pm

Op-Ed: Donald Trump's Military Government

By GORDON ADAMS, author of Mission Creep
DECEMBER 9, 2016   

Washington — A new president, swept into office on a tide of fake news and media manipulation, surrounds himself with generals: his adviser on foreign policy, the defense minister, his minister of the interior and the further possible appointments of foreign minister and intelligence director.

If this happened in a third world country, the United States, as a global promoter of democracy, would warn against it. America has frequently urged the militaries of other countries to stand down and stay in barracks. The United States supports civilian control; the military’s job should be to provide military advice, not make policy and govern.

Yet these admonitions do not now seem to apply at home. Having roundly criticized generals during the campaign, President-elect Donald J. Trump is now surrounding himself with them.

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>> October 25, 2016 - 3:09pm

Opinion Journal: Why Egypt’s Revolution Failed 

10/24/2016 1:40PM     

Washington Institute for Near East Policy Fellow Eric Trager on his new book, “Arab Fall: How the Muslim Brotherhood Won and Lost Egypt in 891 Days.”

>> September 15, 2016 - 10:24am

Cover for American Power & Liberal OrderEditor’s Note: The following is excerpted from American Power and Liberal Order: A Conservative Internationalist Grand Strategy by Paul D. Miller. © 2016 by Georgetown University Press. Reprinted by permission.

Over the past year, real-estate tycoon Donald Trump mesmerized the American media during his run for the presidency. He broke every rule of expected conduct for presidential candidates and not only survived—he thrived. Many of his attention-grabbing departures were matters of style and character. But among his heresies were some novel policy proposals—especially in foreign policy. Trump called into question NATO’s usefulness; promised to start trade wars with China, Mexico, and Japan; and openly admired the autocratic ruler of Russia while disparaging the leaders of the United States’ democratic allies. He embraced waterboarding and threatened to kill terrorists’ families while simultaneously promising to keep America out of foreign entanglements and let Russia sort out the Middle East. During his first major foreign policy address in April, he openly called for an “America First” grand strategy. He argued that the United States has been taken by its allies and rivals alike, played for a fool by free riders coasting on America’s overly-generous provision of global stability. It is time, in Trump’s view, for America to step back and the rest of the world to pay up.

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