Readings on Egypt April 27th/28th

These readings were selected by the Friday class.

Citation: Alterman, J.B. (2011). Egypt: Stable, but for how long? The Washington Quarterly, 23, 4, 107–118.

Author note: Jon B. Alterman holds the Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy and is director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic International Studies


Citation: Lesch, A.M.(2011). Egypt’s spring: Causes of the revolution. Middle East Policy, XVIII, 3, 35-48.

Author note: Ann Lesch is a Professor of Political Science and the Associate Provost of International Programs at the American University in Cairo.

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Citation: Indyk, M.S. (2012). Prospects for democracy in egypt: Democracy assistance, Egypt, elections, North Africa, the arab awakening and middle east unrest. Brookings Institutes Foreign Policy Trip Reports, 35, 1-4. 

Author note: Martin S. Indyk is the Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution.Hyperlink:

Prospects for Democracy in Egypt: Democracy Assistance, Egypt, Elections, North Africa, The Arab Awakening and Middle East Unrest – Martin S. Indyk

Citation: Tufekci, Z., Wilson, C. (2012). Social media and the decision to participate in political protest: Observations from Tahrir Square. Journal of Communication, 62, 363–379.Author note: Zeynep Tufekci publishes from the School of Information and Library Science and Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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50 Responses to Readings on Egypt April 27th/28th

  1. Leslie says:

    Here is my haiku based on the “Egypt: Stable, but for how long?” article. This article was written in 2000 when Egypt was seemingly emerging from the violence and unrest of the 1990s.

    Unrest hushed by government appeasements
    False stability hovered and Mubarak still leading
    Future revolution unknown but needed

  2. Stan says:

    Egypt: Stable, but for How Long?
    Jon Alterman

    Pendulum of change:
    Sidestepped this day. Will swing back
    too soon, I’m afraid.

  3. Laura says:

    “Social Media and the Decision to Participate in Political Protest”

    New face of Facebook
    Events unfold in real time
    Change in Tahrir Square

  4. Jillian Underwood says:

    Egypt: Stable, but for how long?

    Egypt on the Brink
    Dark storm clouds always looming
    More Money more mess

  5. Veena says:

    Egypt: Stable, but for how long?

    Hosni Mubarak
    How long will his power stay?
    What changes are next?

  6. Trish says:

    Circles and Lines

    Though oppression most readily felt
    Democracy is so tricky to create
    We may rid the serpent of its head, but the body remains

    Even in our democracy, progressive and fair
    There is a cost for freedom for in a globalized world
    Our booming economies often trump their civil liberties

    Yet we talk in circles
    As we fail to read in between the lines
    For fantasies of equality and progress don’t feed the hungry babies

  7. Dylan P. says:

    Smart Phones, iRebel
    Pharaohs would not expect it
    This spring continues

  8. Dylan, I like the telecom concept, that is right up my alley!

  9. Christine says:

    This was from several of the readings

    Bullets, tear gas, tanks
    Facebook, twitter, email, blogs
    Emerging face of war

  10. Katie Milligan says:

    Social Media Reading:

    Egypt speaks, youth revolt
    Internet blackout can’t stop
    the calls for justice.

  11. Britney Sink says:

    I made two haikus because I took the liberty of using internet slang for the first one. I felt it was appropriate for the “Social Media and the Decision to Participate in Political Protest: Observations From Tahrir Square” article. The second haiku is about the current situation and the new protest against military rule a few days ago.

    otw #Tahrir
    mubarak: smh, dude
    protests ftw!

    bear this heavy weight
    people matter. kefaya.
    make your own voice heard

    Internet slang defined!
    OTW: on the way
    #: twitter hashtag
    SMH: shake my head
    FTW: for the win

  12. Nuno Solano de Almeida says:

    Prospects for Democracy in Egypt

    Revolucion en travers deserts millenaires
    Demi-siecle après l’obscurite soufflaient vents d’avenir?
    L’occidentaux lancaient le desdaigne futile

    Puisque ca c’est au prophète
    Ni Salafistes ni islamiques mais l’Egyptiens souverains
    Pas d’interference des intérêts exterieurs

    Tahrir n’est pas un reve,
    Un mirage non plus. Envie democratique?
    Prennez soin de vous-memes e rappelez-vous de l’Armee d’Orient …

    (D’ haut de ces pyramides quarante siècles vous contemplent)

    in my rusty french

  13. Dear Nuno, impressive use of French! cool use of pyramides. Please consult with Christine regarding true haiku form, because you are not quite right on that. and we have to get it right technically in order to get full credit. Otherwise, help me translate. although what I can read looks fascinating!!!!

    • Nuno Solano de Almeida says:

      Was it my Kigo or my Kireji?

      • Nuno Solano de Almeida says:

        Ok, following the modern version (5-7-5 format), not the Japanese 3 lines 17 syllables):

        Egypt Desert Nuclear East Democracy
        Military Corruption Loomy Dictatorship Dim For Long
        West Future Hard to guess

      • Nuno, like the short version. Intriguing. I also liked that stanza I highlighted in class from the translated french. The mirage, can you write that down for me?

      • Nuno Solano de Almeida says:

        Dr Bowman very kind words, I thank you. As per your request here follows the translation of that verse.

        Tahrir n’est pas un reve,
        Un mirage non plus. Envie democratique?
        Prennez soin de vous-memes e rappelez-vous de l’Armee d’Orient …

        (D’ haut de ces pyramides quarante siècles vous contemplent)

        Tahrir is not a dream
        Not even a mirage. Democratic jealousy?
        Take care of your own business and remember the Easter Army..

        From the top of these pyramids, forty centuries contemplate you

    • Dear Nuno, the English translation of the mirage verse is very nice. Very poetic. WMB

  14. humanforhumanrights says:

    Social Media

    Social media
    Making real, intense changes
    Very powerful

    My classmates Haikus are amazing! I’m no poet. “A” for effort? -Maggie

    • Dear Maggie

      Have not completed the grading yet, but I am glad you are joining the conversation, and I acknowledge and praise your effort!

      I agree that the Haikus are very cool.


  15. Nathan says:

    Egypt: Causes of Revolution

    Mubarak had power
    Was not so good at fairness
    Did not think ahead

  16. andreadp12 says:

    Prospects for Democracy in Egypt

    The spring has now sprung
    Now Egypt’s winter has come
    What will change look like

  17. Mitchell Adams says:

    Prospects for Democracy in Egypt:

    New search for power
    Too many actors to know
    How this will play out

  18. Papy Lucien says:

    Egypt: Causes of Revolution
    “Mubarak Dégage..! Mubarak… Out!!”
    A slogan that ended a tyranny and changed a country.
    “Nenda Mapinduzi”….Go Revolution!!

  19. sydneykshearer says:

    This haiku is based on the article Prospects for Democracy in Egypt. It is written from the point of view of someone who is critical of the recent revolution. The author of this article would challenge the stance of this haiku by saying that there are aspects of this revolution that show hope for “true democracy” as the poem puts it. I am intrigued by the stance of this article; it is very encouraging and points to a move toward lasting social change. Unfortunately my syllables only fit the protagonist point of view!

    Demonstrations, strikes.
    Same as always critics say.
    True democracy?

  20. Russell Carey says:

    Tahrir poked Hosni!
    Egypt’s status updated.
    Friend Brotherhood now?

  21. John Vollertsen says:

    They have pyramids
    They had a revolution
    Camels live there too

  22. Stephen says:

    Egypt: Stable, but for How Long?
    Jon Alterman

    Is there Stability
    Or is it an illusion
    Who holds the power

  23. Matt Lyon says:

    Suicide Ignites!
    Heroic Generation!
    Facade of Freedom?

  24. Rebecca Scissors says:

    Flora sparse, fruitless
    Media spreads, pollenates
    Young roots, baring change

  25. Billie Jean Thomas says:

    Egypt nearly there
    Revolution in Egypt
    On the brink of change

  26. Mark Eastham says:

    “Egypt: Stable, but for How Long?” – Alterman

    a hot fragile egg
    the young tap and tap
    it cracks, too many chickens

    This is a reflection of the build up of the Egyptian revolution and the subsequent succession of power.

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