Mona El-Ghobashy

Bio: 

Mona El-Ghobashy is assistant professor of political science at Barnard College.


Articles by this Author
Egypt's Paradoxical Elections

For undemocratic regimes in a democratic age, elections are an extremely valuable tool. They create opportunities for limited popular participation, disarm domestic and international critics, and enhance political monitoring and control by...

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Antinomies of the Saad Eddin Ibrahim Case

Unsettling the Authorities

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Egypt's Summer of Discontent

As the long, hot Egyptian summer of 2003 wore on into autumn, gloom-and-doom scenarios filled opposition papers and daily conversations, warning of a terrible quiet before the storm. Elites and the masses are slowly being pushed together by...

Egypt Looks Ahead to Portentous Year

Not so long ago in Egypt, elections for the parliament, bar association and press syndicate, as well as presidential referenda, were dismissed as mere beautifying accessories for an incorrigibly authoritarian regime. In 2005, several...

The Dynamics of Egypt's Elections

No one thinks parliamentary elections in Egypt are democratic or even semi-democratic. The elections do not determine who governs. They are not free and fair. They install a parliament with no power to check the president. The government...

The Liquidation of Egypt's Illiberal Experiment

The Egyptian parliamentary elections that ended on December 5 defied expectations, not because the ruling National Democratic Party again dominates Parliament but because of the lengths to which it proved willing to go to engineer its monopoly...

The Praxis of the Egyptian Revolution

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Egyptian Politics Upended

When he took office on June 30, President Muhammad Mursi of Egypt looked to have been handed a poisoned chalice. The ruling generals of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) had tolerated a clean presidential election but then had...