Steven A. Cook

From the Potomac to the Euphrates

Cook examines developments in the Middle East and their resonance in Washington.

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Reading Gramsci in Tahrir

by Steven A. Cook
February 7, 2011

Below I talk about my experience of being in Tahrir Square during the January 25 protests, and give my own analysis of what is happening on the ground.

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  • Posted by S. Hibbard

    This is an excellent statement, and an insightful analysis of the human dimension to the events transpiring in Egypt. As analysts, we all tend to focus on the key players, the geo-strategic interests and the “necessity” of stability in the region, largely overlooking the way in which government policies affect people on the ground. For anyone who has spent time in the region, however, the human element is an important part of the equation. After all, what kind of government is willing to slaughter its own people to stay in power?

  • Posted by Cocomaan

    Hello Dr. Cook,
    Great piece. Could you tell me where the Gramsci quote in question appears?

    Thank you,

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