MERIP article

"Controlled Reform in Egypt: Neither Reformist nor Controlled" is a long article I just wrote on the elections for Middle East Report Online. It looks at the elections from the perspective of the regime's attempts to control the reform process over the past year, when it had repeatedly seized the initiative on major reform steps that have since turned out flawed, and the individual political groups that took part in it.

It looks at some of the issues involved (the work of monitors, the issue of judges, the detail of the violence...) only peripherally, and some not at all, such as the debate over the US' attitude to Egyptian reform. That will be for other articles or blog posts. In the meantime, leave any feedback you may have here.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.