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ICYMI: The Real Danger for Egyptian Democracy

February 1, 2013 2 minute Read by Lindsay Lloyd

Many watching the aftermath of the Egyptian Revolution and Egypt’s difficult path toward building democracy have focused on the risks of political Islam and rising intolerance.  Indeed, there are troubling questions on the role of religion, pluralism, rights for women and minorities, and the rule of law.  For an insightful and different take on developments, check out a new paper from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Carnegie Vice President Tom Carothers and Senior Associate Nathan Brown explore a potentially more perilous problem for Egypt – the lack of political competition and concentration of power in the ruling Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.  Carothers and Brown draw parallels with South Africa and Turkey, where concentration of political power - not ideology - has led to backsliding on democracy and human rights.  And they rightly point to the need to stay engaged with Egypt, in part by supporting political party and civil society. Read the article here. This post was written by Lindsay Lloyd, Program Director of the Freedom Collection.


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Lindsay Lloyd
Lindsay Lloyd

Lindsay Lloyd is the Deputy Director of the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, where he manages original research and programmatic efforts to advance freedom and democracy in the world. Lindsay currently leads the Bush Institute’s Freedom in North Korea project, which raises awareness of human rights violations in North Korea, proposes new policy solutions, and engages leaders to help improve the lives of the North Korean people.  Lindsay is also responsible for managing the Freedom Collection, a multimedia archive that documents the stories of nonviolent freedom advocates from around the word. 

Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Lindsay served for 16 years at the International Republican Institute (IRI), most recently as senior advisor for policy.   Previously, he was IRI’s regional director for Europe and co-director of the regional program for Central and Eastern Europe, which was based in Slovakia.  At IRI, Lindsay worked with candidates, elected officials, political parties, and civil society activists to develop lasting democratic institutions.

Before joining IRI, Lindsay worked for several members and the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives, as political director for a political action committee, and for Jack Kemp’s 1988 presidential campaign. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. 

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