Last week highlighted the challenge posed to the Obama administration in dealing with the “new Egypt.”
On Wednesday, the White House thanked Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first civilian president and a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, for his “constructive” contribution to a Gaza cease-fire, implicitly affirming Egypt’s role as a stabilizing force in a troubled region. Just one day later, after having proved his strategic value in much the same way his predecessor did, Morsi took another page from Hosni Mubarak’s playbook by placing his decrees beyond any judicial review. Many Egyptians saw this as a power grab. Under pressure from the judiciary, Morsi this week appears to have partially relented.… Seguir leyendo »
One of my greatest satisfactions since leaving the U.S. Congress in 1993 has been the opportunity to spend nine years on the board of directors of the National Endowment for Democracy, eight as NED’s chairman. You can imagine my disappointment when I read the call for eliminating funding for NED on these pages (“Busting the well-endowed,” Feb. 25). Shikha Dalmia argues that NED is “dogged by controversy” and that its rationale is ancient history. Nothing could be further from the truth.
NED’s worldwide efforts supporting grass-roots democrats who are striving to secure the type of basic rights Ms. Dalmia can take for granted are hardly controversial, having earned NED the kind of bipartisan support that is nearly unheard of in Washington today.… Seguir leyendo »