Democracy Prevention

The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance

by: Jason Brownlee

Democracy Prevention
Author: Jason Brownlee

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Format: Hardback

Publication date: 06 August 2012

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ISBN: 1107025710 ISBN 13: 9781107025714

Democracy Prevention by Jason Brownlee

Democracy Prevention explains how America's alliance with Egypt has impeded democratic change and reinforced authoritarianism over time. Top page

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When a popular revolt forced long-ruling Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to resign on February 11, 2011, US 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 with 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 US-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. Top page

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Publisher & Imprint: Cambridge University Press

City: Cambridge

Pages: 296

More info: height 234 mm width 156 mm weight 610 gr thickness 21 mm

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Age recommended: College/higher education

Subject Indexing & Classification Dewey:(DC23) 321.80962 Library of Congress Subject: United States - Foreign relations - Egypt

Departments: Political structures: democracy; International relations;

Record updated at: 08 August, 2014 time: 15:01

Summary Democracy Prevention 1. Introduction; 2. Peace and repression; 3. State of emergency; 4. The succession question; 5. Leveraging aid; 6. Groundswell; 7. Conclusion. Top page

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