Jason Brownlee Talk on Democracy, Diplomacy, and U.S. Interests in Egypt

UT government professor Jason Brownlee will discuss the implications of the events unfolding in Egypt and throughout the Middle East. Brownlee is on leave in Washington, DC, this year, researching a book on U.S./Egypt relations. In writing and appearances on U.S. television and Al-Jazeera, Brownlee has urged the U.S. government to support real democracy in Egypt. “If U.S. officials don't want Egypt to be Iran 1979 [the Iranian revolution], they should prevent an Iran 1953 [when the U.S. re-installed the Shah and deposed the democratically elected Mohammad Mosaddegh],” he said. “All it would take is cutting their client-military loose and supporting indigenous democratization.”

Brownlee was the lead organizer of a recent petition of academics and others calling for a new U.S. foreign policy: http://www.accuracy.org/an-open-letter-to-president-barack-obama

His first book, Authoritarianism in an Age of Democratization (Cambridge University Press, 2007), analyzed opposition movements in non-democratic states.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Social Justice Committee at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. For more information, contact Robert Jensen at 471-1990 orrjensen@uts.cc.utexas.edu

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