How Democracy Can Work in the Middle East

Even with counter-revolutionary forces challenging change in Egypt, democracy can still work. Here's how

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

Protesters throw stones at Mubarak supporters in Tahrir Square, in Cairo, on Feb. 3, 2011

When Frank Wisner, the seasoned U.S. diplomat and envoy of President Obama, met with Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday, Feb. 1, the scene must have been familiar to both men. For 30 years, American diplomats would enter one of the lavish palaces in Heliopolis, the neighborhood in Cairo from which Mubarak ruled Egypt. The Egyptian President would receive the American warmly, and the two would begin to talk about American-Egyptian relations and the fate of Middle East peace. Then the American might gently raise the issue of political reform. The President would tense up and snap back, "If I do...

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