Unrest in Egypt: Should the US Take Sides?

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Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has reorganized his government, but protest leaders plan a "million man march" tomorrow to demand that he step down. Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on several weekend news programs to talk about the Obama Administration's evolving position on the crisis. Protestors denounce the Administration's call for "an orderly transfer of power" as "hypocrisy." But would pushing Mubarak out provide a path for democracy or an opportunity for some new form of tyranny, perhaps one like that of Iran? In the meantime, will Mubarak order the riot police and the Army to crack down? After supporting an increasingly unpopular despot for 30 years, what can the US do now to stay on "the right side of history?"  



  • Nicholas Kristof - New York Times - @NickKristof
  • David Sanger - White House and national security correspondent for The New York Times, author of “New Cold Wars: China’s Rise, Russia’s Invasion, and the Struggle to Save the West” - @SangerNYT
  • Leslie Gelb - Council on Foreign Relations - @CFR_org
  • Shadi Hamid - Contributing writer,The Atlantic; senior fellow, Brookings Institution; assistant research professor of Islamic studies, Fuller Seminary; co-founder, Wisdom of Crowds, a podcast, newsletter - @shadihamid
  • Fawaz Gerges - London School of Economics and Politics


Warren Olney