Egypt is in chaos—its citizens have taken to the street protesting against President Hosni Mubarak, the government has shut down the Internet, and all eyes are on the transitioning country. On Democracy Now, history professor Juan Cole, who is frequently featured in Guernica’s blog, discusses Egypt’s long political history, why it’s still a military regime even if the president wears a business suit, and how the U.S. is trying to navigate the foreign policy dilemma.
This post originally appeared at DemocracyNow.com.
Juan Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and director of its Center for South Asian Studies. He maintains the blog Informed Comment. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).