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Tewfick Aclimandos's Articles
Many commentators see the Egyptian state as being in crisis but for often very different reasons

Foreign policy experts working on the Middle East need to keep a close eye on the sometimes contradictory policies of the great powers

The job of a foreign policy expert is difficult at the best of times, and at difficult times things get even worse

On almost all regional issues former US president Barack Obama failed to deliver, but he did contribute to a significant improvement in the international mood

Initially, Jihad was defensive -- aimed to expel non-Muslim invaders -- but later it clearly changed in practice

With the rising number of jihadists among European non-Muslim citizens comes an increasing need for de-radicalisation. But is there one programme that suits all?

A year ago, Egypt’s foreign policy looked in crisis. But today it is a different story

Are Egyptian and Western academia two different worlds?

The Egyptian youth, be it an activist or not, is a big unknown, despite pioneering work by Youssef el Chazli and Chaymaa Hassabo. In other words, Egypt, basically a very young country, is a big unknown

On the varying origins of Egyptian liberals

From an early semi-liberal experience, Egypt passed through the vying of nationalists and Islamists. But when conditions improved, post-2011, Egyptian liberals missed the train

Why is liberalism unpopular in Egypt?

Are liberal or democratic concepts a Western product; do their non-Western proponents understand them?

Political liberalism has a bad name in Egypt and Egyptian liberals are seen, both in Egypt and elsewhere, as irrelevant aliens

Is it possible for ordinary people to escape the tyranny of media discourses?

The second debate among the contenders for the right’s nomination for presidency saw some unexpected attacks on Sarkozy

A distinction can be drawn between Egyptian leaders who had a grand design, and those who focused on "equilibrium management." Nasser and Sadat belonged to the first category, King Farouk and Mubarak to the second

Nasser and Sadat were outstanding leaders, with exceptional personal charisma. But Nasser’s appeal to the Third World and Sadat’s popularity in the West does not tell the whole story. Mubarak was a non-controversial figure

A powerful country on the verge of collapse. What explains this contradictory state of affairs, and what role did Egyptian leaders have in producing it?


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