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  • Turmoil Grips Egypt as Mubarak Plots Next Move
    February 3, 2011
    "Well, I think that it's become clear to many, to most Egyptians, and hopefully to most people in the military establishment in Egypt, that President Mubarak is now a liability. He is not something that benefits their continuation, because, as long as he is there, as long as he is there as president, or as long as he is in the country, the protests are going to continue, and the image of Egypt is going to be tarnished. There's a potential possibility of the Egyptian-U.S. relationship taking a new form in terms of military aid and so on. So, he is a liability."

    Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arabic politics at the School of Foreign Service, on the liability of having President Mubarak in charge.

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    Source: PBS Newshour

  • Beyond Our Reach
    February 3, 2011
    “That trade-off is very much on Obama’s plate right now, which is why the administration is treading so carefully. He can voice support for the protesters and recognize their grievances, but … you never know what you’re going to get when the regime falls.”

    Charles Kupchan, a professor at the School of Foreign Service, on President Obama's response to the uprisings in Egypt.

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    Source: National Journal

  • Commentary: Obama's next two years
    February 3, 2011
    "Obama steered a middle course, but he also indicated the priorities on which he will not compromise: innovation, education and renewable energy. ...What was missing, though, was a realistic notion of the foreign policy decisions he will have to make. He lauded the ongoing withdrawal from Iraq and impending departure from Afghanistan, but he did not discuss ...North Korea, Iran and the Arab-Israeli conflict. "

    Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on President Obama's 2011 State of the Union address.

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    Source: Shreveport Times

  • Senate Panel Debates Constitutionality of Health-Care Law
    February 2, 2011
    "Mandating that you send your money to a private [insurance] company and do business with it for the rest of your life. This simply does not follow from the constitution."

    Randy Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, on the individual mandate in President Obama's health care reform package.

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    Source: St. Louis Beacon

  • Can Ensign survive?
    February 2, 2011
    “Ensign faces a difficult road. Past Senate Ethics cases that have involved special counsels such as Bob Packwood for sexual misconduct and the Keating 5 have not ended well for the incumbent senator.”

    Michele Swers, associate professor of American government, on the likelihood of Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) being challenged from the right in the next primary.

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    Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

  • Legal, Political Battles Continue Over US Health Care Law
    February 2, 2011
    "In the United States, sovereignty rests with the people, with the citizenry. And if Congress can mandate that you do anything that is convenient to its regulation of the national economy, then that relationship is now reversed. Congress would have all the discretionary power of a king, and the American people would be reduced to its subjects."

    Randy Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, on President Obama's health care reform law.

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    Source: Voice Of America News

  • Health Care May be Supreme Court Nail-Biter
    February 1, 2011
    “A year ago, it was a long shot. Now, it’s seen as a 5 to 4 case. And nobody’s exactly sure which way the 5 to 4 will come down.”

    Randy Barnett, the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, on a possible Supreme Court review of President Obama's health care reform law.

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    Source: Politico

  • Repression and Poverty Underpin the Uprising in Egypt
    January 31, 2011
    "This is a regime that has been authoritarian from the very beginning, even before President Mubarak. It’s a regime that has tried to use the institutions of democracy in a facade-like manner to sell itself as a democracy to the West, but, of course, it’s nothing close to that."

    Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arabic politics at the School of Foreign Service, on the regime of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

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    Source: Democracy Now!

  • Obama's Next Two Years
    January 30, 2011
    "Obama steered a middle course, but he also indicated the priorities on which he will not compromise: innovation, education and renewable energy. The address was consistent with his 2008 campaign oratory, and it was the first speech of his 2012 re-election campaign. What was missing, though, was a realistic notion of the foreign-policy decisions he will have to make. He lauded the ongoing withdrawal from Iraq and the impending departure from Afghanistan, but he did not discuss the three areas where he thought he would focus in 2008, North Korea, Iran and the Arab-Israeli conflict."

    Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on President Obama's 2011 State of the Union address.

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    Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service

  • Regime Change Can't Happen Overnight
    January 29, 2011
    "The calls of the protesters have been for the ouster of the Mubarak regime; for Mubarak to get on a plane and join his friend [former president of Tunisia] Ben Ali in Saudi Arabia."

    Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arabic politics at the School of Foreign Service, on the demands for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to resign.

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    Source: NPR

  • Egypt’s Military Is Seen as Pivotal in Next Step
    January 29, 2011
    “If the military fires on civilians after demonstrations that are clearly popular, that will imperil the standing of the military, its integrity. This time the institution’s future is at risk.”

    Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arabic politics at the School of Foreign Service, on the risks in restoring order in Egypt.
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    Source: The New York Times

  • The Role Of New And Old Media In Egypt
    January 28, 2011
    "The new media has really infiltrated Egyptian society in a very significant way, that over 20 million Egyptian Internet users -- and many of them are on Facebook. So now they have another realm whereby they can resort to information. They can distribute the material. They can mobilize. They can move around. So it's created a whole new space for them to communicate, one that is not afforded to them using the traditional national press."

    Adel Iskandar, adjunct instructor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, on the ability of the Egyptian protesters to communicate.

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    Source: NPR

  • As Egypt's Protests Spread, All Eyes on Army's Allegiance, Next Moves
    January 28, 2011
    "[Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak] is a president who has repeatedly said that the emergency law would be rescinded time and time again. This is a law that has been in place for over 30 years. And this is a president who has promised on multiple occasions to have free and fair elections. And the only things that are certain, unfortunately, about Egyptian elections is that they are not free and fair. "

    Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arabic politics at the School of Foreign Service, on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's leadership.

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    Source: PBS Newshour

  • Egypt Unrest Threatens Global Economy
    January 28, 2011
    "The levels of income in Saudi Arabia and many of these other Gulf states are three, four times what they are in Egypt and Yemen, for example, so economic difficulties certainly, high levels of unemployment, youth marginalization, but nothing close to countries like Egypt."

    Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arabic politics at the School of Foreign Service, on why the Egyptian protests will not spread to the Gulf states.

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    Source: PBS Nightly Business Report

  • Anti-Government Protests in Egypt
    January 27, 2011
    "Twenty percent of the population lives below poverty. And another 20 percent of the population lives, as you mentioned, very close to poverty, which means that if there were to be 20 percent inflation, as there has been over the last number of years in Egypt, they sink below poverty. So in addition to that, despite the wonderful macroeconomic statistics about growth and high levels of foreign direct investment and so on, income inequality and poverty have actually increased in Egypt over the last number of years, according to IMF and World Bank statistics. "

    Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arabic politics at the School of Foreign Service, on some of the reasons Egyptians are upset with President Mubarak.

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    Source: NPR

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