August 2, 2013
by Samuel Tadros
More than two years ago the world watched in awe as young Egyptians took to the streets of their capital and brought down their dictator. Taken completely by surprise by the unfolding events, the Obama administration sought an explanation in historical precedents. According to the New York Times, President Obama asked his staff to study transitions in more than 50 countries around the world in order to understand and predict where Egypt and other countries in the Middle East might be heading. After extensive study, his staffers predicted "that Egypt is analogous to South Korea, the Philippines and Chile." Months later, the administration was still confident in its assessment. While aware of the obstacles that were on the way during the desired transition to democracy, Benjamin Rhodes, a deputy national security advisor was adamant that, "The trajectory of change is in the right direction."
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Samuel Tadros is a Research Fellow at Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom.
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