Ask Michael Hanna Anything: Blaming America

In our final video from Michael, he explores the complicated, often paradoxical perceptions that many Egyptians have toward US influence over their government. He also follows up with some pushback on the idea that US influence in the Middle East is somehow in decline: Michael Wahid Hanna is a Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation, … Continue reading Ask Michael Hanna Anything: Blaming America

Ask Michael Hanna Anything: Obama’s Record On Egypt

Michael thinks the Obama administration’s approach to Egypt is getting worse, not better: The Economist wonders how much influence Obama actually has: On a two-day visit to Cairo [this week], William Burns, America’s deputy secretary of state, met members of the military-backed interim cabinet, but Tamarod and the Salafists’ Nour party, which won the second … Continue reading Ask Michael Hanna Anything: Obama’s Record On Egypt

Ask Michael Hanna Anything: Next Steps For Egypt

In today’s video, Michael explains why Egypt’s military and political leaders must pursue reconciliation and reform if they want the current transition to be successful: Meanwhile, last night in Egypt there were more deadly clashes between security services and pro-Morsi protesters. Last week, Ahmad Shokr offered a succinct overview of Egypt’s precarious new order: Egypt is … Continue reading Ask Michael Hanna Anything: Next Steps For Egypt

Ask Michael Hanna Anything: What The West Doesn’t Get About Egypt

In our latest video from the Arab world expert, Hanna notes how frequently the West oversimplifies Islamism: Along these lines, H.A. Hellyer points out the overly binary way that last week’s violence has been interpreted, both in and outside of the Egypt: Pro-Morsi campaigners insist that the Muslim Brotherhood is non-violent and has no weaponry, and they … Continue reading Ask Michael Hanna Anything: What The West Doesn’t Get About Egypt

Ask Michael Hanna Anything: The Surprise Of June 30th

Michael Hanna points out how shocking it was for the June 30th protests to not only come together as fast as they did, but grow to a size that far eclipsed the protests of 2011: Nisral Nasr thinks the political landscape in Egypt is too foggy to tell whether the coup will be in the service … Continue reading Ask Michael Hanna Anything: The Surprise Of June 30th

Ask Michael Hanna Anything: The Future Of Islamism?

Michael explores the complexities of political Islam throughout the Middle East, and stresses that Islamists must not be repressed or otherwise excluded from the democratic process: Michael Wahid Hanna is a Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation, where he works on issues of international security, international law, and US foreign policy in the broader Middle … Continue reading Ask Michael Hanna Anything: The Future Of Islamism?

Ask Michael Hanna Anything: Egypt’s Progress Since 2011

Yesterday we heard from Michael about the polarization in Egypt, as well as an explanation of the Morsi government’s terminal flaws. In this video, Hanna surveys how the country has changed since the fall of Mubarak, including the expanding political consciousness within Egyptian society: Michael Wahid Hanna is a Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation, … Continue reading Ask Michael Hanna Anything: Egypt’s Progress Since 2011

Ask Michael Hanna Anything: Morsi’s Failure To Govern

In our second video from Egypt expert, he explains how Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood neglected to pursue reform and reconciliation following the 2011 revolution, and thus have only themselves to blame for their downfall: Earlier this week, Hanna further detailed these failures, including how Morsi screwed up his response to the June 30 protests: … Continue reading Ask Michael Hanna Anything: Morsi’s Failure To Govern

Ask Michael Hanna Anything: Is Egypt Heading For A Civil War?

In our first video from Michael, he offers his thoughts on the troubling rise of polarization in Egypt, and whether civil strife could follow: Some see no civil war any time soon. Laura Dean: First, the Egyptian army is powerful, and though it might provoke here or deliberately refuse to act there, it nevertheless would … Continue reading Ask Michael Hanna Anything: Is Egypt Heading For A Civil War?

Ask Michael Hanna Anything (About Egypt)

[Re-posted with new questions suggested by readers] Michael Wahid Hanna will join us to answer your questions related to the ousting of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, the ensuing violence, and what’s next for Egyptians. Hanna’s Twitter feed continues to be a must-read for anyone following the events in Egypt. From his bio: Michael Wahid Hanna is a … Continue reading Ask Michael Hanna Anything (About Egypt)