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. Since 1979, the United States had provided theWhen 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. Since 1979, the United States had provided the Egyptian regime more than $60 billion in aid and immeasurable political support to secure its main interests in the region: Israeli security and strong relations with Persian Gulf oil producers. During the Egyptian uprising, the White House did not promote popular sovereignty but instead backed an "orderly transition" to one of Mubarak's cronies. Even after protesters derailed that plan, the anti-democratic U.S.-Egyptian alliance continued. Using untapped primary materials, this book helps explain why authoritarianism has persisted in Egypt with American support, even as policy makers claim to encourage democratic change....
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هذا الكتاب يؤرخ للعلاقات المصرية والأمريكية بداية من عام 1974 - تاريخ عودة العلاقات الدبلوماسية بين البلدين - وحتى 2011.الكتاب في معظمة تأريخ لوقائع وأحداث كان لها تأثيرها على طبيعة العلاقة بين البلدين. بعض هذه الوقائع كان جديدا بالنسبة لي ولم أقرأ عنه من قبل.أهم فصلين في الكتاب من وجهة نظري هما المقدمة والخاتمة لأنهما يتضمنان تحليلا وتفسيرا لجوهر العلاقة وأسباب استمرارها على هذا النحو من القوة والثبات حتى اليوم على الرغم من الأحداث الجسام التي وقعت على مدار40 سنة متصلة.
This recap of the political dynamics as well as the humanistic and scientific perspectives that constitute the relationship forged between the United States and Egypt over a number of decades. The tome is 277 pages long with 177 of those pages dedicated to author Jason Brownlee’s personal insights into this history and the remaining pages containing notes and identifying his sources. With the world and government relationships constantly in flux, this book is already a version of “how it was - as opposed to how it is”. Brownlee does an acceptable job of explaining the U.S. position of self interest versus true democracy for the people of Egypt and the goal of the Egyptian autocracy to maintain the status quo. (It appears to this reader that rather than Egypt and the Middle East following the road to democracy, the U.S. itself has decided to lean toward becoming an autocracy).Brownlee notes that true democracy in any middle Eastern country could very well disrupt the economic and national defense interests of the U.S. and that while our country’s leaders talk a good game regarding freedom and human rights their actions do not correspond with their rhetoric. The bottom line in this case, as in most cases, is that every country’s interest in achieving their personal strategic and economic goals trump their verbally expressed desire to help their fellow man. The one thing the United States seems to be adept at is throwing money at any problem that arises by calling it foreign aid. For all the money expended over the years, the current situation relative to terrorism and alliances being formed in the Middle East would seem to indicate that the United States has only succeeded in moving foreign terrorist groups into the political mainstream, giving them a “legal” voice and losing much of the intelligence apparatus that had previously been in place, ultimately realizing very little in the area of “return on investment” for funds funneled into Egyptian coffers.
Jason Brownlee has done a great deal of work on Egyptian issues and regime transition. Those two research areas come together in Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S-Egyptian alliance.In this brief volume, Brownlee traces Egyptian-U.S. relations from the period of the Camp David Accords through the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011. American policy towards Egypt is a struggle between strategic interests and the idealistic notions of democracy and freedom. Perhaps unfortunately, our strategic interests have won out over idealism.These findings suggest that the United States would be content with another friendly military autocrat seizing power, even if, it comes at the people's expense. That is not an Egypt problem though, as the United States backs leaders throughout the Middle East who are largely disdained among their populations.But true democracy may irrevocably harm U.S. interests.Though the argument is convincing, I might've tried to flesh out the argument a little more because the book feels like it was written for a more generalized audience, despite the political science label. One gets to know the main players from the U.S. and Egyptian governments and the defining incidents of the complex U.S.- Egyptian relationship. Not sure if there's enough depth for the hardcore polisci freak.Further, I know Egypt is an area of concern at present, but any book headed to press right now, runs a definite risk of being outdated in six months. Book doesn't cover the most recent standoff over elections in Egypt, for example.Still a well written, persuasive, argument that definitely made me think.
Jason Brownlee provides an interesting look at the last 30 years of U.S.-Egyptian Relations and how the country has supported a dictatorship over democracy for the case of security. As a good realist the power play of interest over ideals is well described here and the details of the Mubarak regime and the various atrocities it accumulated over the years are described. From the security apparatus trained by Langley to the lack of US support as the reaction to democracy started the pattern of US Egyptian Relations was clearly defined in this short work. The point of the book is to cover the fact that the democracy in Egypt is a reaction to the autocratic regime that was allowed to flourish so peace with Israel and security against terrorism could prosper against the will of the Egyptian people. The dictatorial regime could make the decisions that an elected official would not be able to and thus move forward US interests in the region. Overall it is an interesting thesis and well thought out analysis. For those looking for a primer on how we got to the current state of Egypt this a great place to start.
الديمقراططية كانت هي الضحية الاولى للعلاقات الاستراتيجية بين مصر وأمريكا منذ استنافها عام 1974ن فعلى مر اربعة عقود فضلت امريكا علاقاتها الايستراتيجية مع مصر على أي دعوات لنشر الديمقراطية مفضلة العمل مع من تعرفهم بدل من المجهول خاصة وانها منخرطة ممع مصر في ملفات حساسة للأمن القومي الأمريكي مثل إسرائيل والنفطلذا جاء الاضطراب الأمريكي في التعامل مع ثورة 25 يناير واستخدمت واشنطن علاقاتها الوثيقة بالمجلس العسكري لضمان عدم حدوث تغييرات جذرية في السياسة الخارجية المصريةالكتاب من الكتب الجديرة بالقراءة
Excellent, well researched book. References and notes are an absolute goldmine.