Unrest in Egypt

Gerard Magliocca

Gerard N. Magliocca is the Samuel R. Rosen Professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Professor Magliocca is the author of three books and over twenty articles on constitutional law and intellectual property. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford, his law degree from Yale, and joined the faculty after two years as an attorney at Covington and Burling and one year as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Professor Magliocca has received the Best New Professor Award and the Black Cane (Most Outstanding Professor) from the student body, and in 2008 held the Fulbright-Dow Distinguished Research Chair of the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, The Netherlands. He was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in 2013.

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  1. Should anyone be interested, I have a select bibliography (books, in English), “Politics, Economics, and Culture in the Contemporary Arab World” that I can send along as a Word doc. on request. It’s not quite 300 titles.

  2. Correction: The above compilation is over 300 titles.

    I’ve also collected articles from sundry sources on Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution (about 40 pgs.) and for the Egyptian protests (about 70 pgs.) that I’ll send as Word docs. to anyone who requests them.

  3. A.J. Sutter says:

    Is it a great recession or a great repression? Why assume that economics, rather than politics, should be the chief issue?

    Not that one should get too sentimental about such rebellions. As the BBC remarked apropos of recent protests in Jordan, if there were “pure democracy rather than managed democracy” there, the peace treaty with Israel would be one of the first things to go. Maybe the same would be true in Egypt, though I’m optimistic that El-Baradei wouldn’t pursue that option, should he come to power. None of the media seem to have commented on the signs in Tunisia (which I saw onscreen briefly on either CNN or BBC) that read in Arabic and French “Juif dégage” — “Jew, get out”. (At the time the rebellion began, there were only about 1,400 Jews still living in Tunisia, of whom only a couple of hundred were in Tunis.)

  4. anon says:

    You need to be more specific about what you mean by the “Arab world.” Kuwait, Saudia Arabia, the Emirates… ??? How would you characterize their economic situation? The region is incredibly diverse, and while I appreciate your attention to what is going on in Egypt, it’s important to speak with more precision and care here.

  5. On the other hand, if they weren’t such repressive regimes, they wouldn’t have to encourage hatred of an outside enemy in order to divert their citizens from justly hating their own governments. So replacement by more democratic governments might cause a change in public opinion on that score, with an end to government efforts to keep the anger simmering.

  6. A.J. Sutter says:

    Brett, that’s an optimistic, but inapposite view of the Middle Eastern conflict(s). The repressive regime in Egypt may be blamed, and the current Jordanian government is indeed resented, for the peace with Israel, the repressive regime in Tunisia was blamed for toleration of Jews, etc. — the hatred of the outside enemy is grass-roots rather than fomented, and may contribute to upsetting repressive regimes, rather than to strengthening them as you suggest. See also the resentment against the repressive Saudi regime for allowing Americans to have bases in the country. Moreover, the Abbas regime in the Palestinian Authority isn’t so repressive in comparison to other regimes in the region, but it, too, is resented for (putative, and relative) cooperation with Israel. These countries’ circumstances are different from those in Reagan’s “axis of evil,” e.g. Iran, N. Korea and China, which seems to be your point (or axis) of reference.

  7. I think one thing those countries all have in common, is that when a regime is repressive, you have no reliable way of knowing what people who live there really think. Only what they believe it safe to say they really think. We won’t know what people in the Middle east really think about pretty much anything, until they feel safe to express their opinions without reprisal.

    This is encouraging, anyway:

    Israeli reports of ‘friendly atmosphere’ in Cairo

  8. JD says:

    Sutter is neglecting the fact that one of the few forms of dissent tolerated in places like Egypt is dissent for the regime not being sufficiently hostile to Israel. Not surprisingly, this becomes a focal point of dissent, but is unlikely much on the mines of the protestors when push comes to shove.