Professor of Public Policy and Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations
It is easy now to see why Egypt’s revolution had to happen, and why
President Hosni Mubarak’s thirty-year reign had to end in the spectacular
manner in which it did. Even the most casual observer of the Egyptian
scene can recite from the expansive catalogue of ills that Mubarak had
visited upon the land: a large and growing corps of angry young people
with no jobs and no prospects; the repeated thwarting of the voters’
will; crumbling public infrastructure whose sole purpose seemed to be
supplying newspaper headlines about train crashes and ferry sinkings;
corruption so brazen that it was often written into law; and daily acts
of casually dispensed brutality, culminating in the June 2010 murder of
a young man in a seaside town by the very police who were ostensibly
charged with protecting him.
Masoud, Tarek. "The Road to (and from) Liberation Square." Journal of Democracy 22.3 (July 2011): 20-34.