Revolution in Cairo


Eltahawy is a columnist and public speaker who, prior to moving to the U.S. in 2000, reported in Cairo and Jerusalem for Reuters. She is also a lecturer and researcher on social media in the Arab world, and says that "the regime … didn't count [on] how nimble [activists] were online. It was a cat-and-mouse game that the regime was bound to lose."

Director of research at the Brookings Doha Center and a fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, he says the Muslim Brotherhood functions as "state within a state" in some ways, but does not have a clear vision of what it wants for Egypt. Hamid argues that the U.S. has to learn to live with political Islam, and should start engaging with the Brotherhood now.

An expert on Arab political movements, he is research director and senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment's Middle East Center in Beirut. Here, he outlines the tensions between the Muslim Brotherhood's old and new guard, and describes the challenges the group faces as it tries to gain political power in the post-Mubarak era.

Author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, Morozov writes Foreign Policy's Net Effect blog, is a visiting scholar at Stanford University and a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation. He argues that social media has not changed political dissent in any profound way, and warns that authoritarian regimes are likely to co-opt these new technologies.

She investigates human right abuses in Egypt and Libya with Human Rights Watch, and says she's encountered the Muslim Brotherhood both as victims of human rights abuses as well as promoters of discrimination inconsistent with international human rights law.

A former journalist, Radsch studies cyberactivism and runs a blog called Arab Media. She's traveled to Egypt several times to study social media's impact on journalism there, and was in Cairo in 2008, as the April 6th Youth Movement's attempt to encourage mass protests in support of striking workers was crushed by the government.


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Posted Feburary 22, 2011

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