Building Democracy Egypt, the Arab Spring, and What the West Forgot

The events in Egypt over the past weeks have been tragic, but they shouldn’t be surprising. What’s happening in Egypt today isn’t so different than what happened in Iraq a decade ago. Iraq exposed as fantasy the neo-conservative notion that you could export liberal democracy by exporting the formal institutions of the democratic state; Egypt is merely reaffirming that lesson. Continue reading

Notes from Across the Ocean The 5 Things I Learned about America by Living Abroad

There’s an old story about a man who travels far and wide in search of a treasure, only to discover that what he was looking for was back home the whole time. It’s a cute little story and it’s not … Continue reading