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The Final Betrayal of Egypt’s Revolution

The 2011 Egyptian Revolution made global news when it succeeded in toppling then-dictator Hosni Mubarak. TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis writes on the series of protests and revolts by Egyptian civilians that succeeded in toppling several regimes in just a few years through an intricate narrative titled "Once Upon A Revolution." In this Foreign Policy excerpt of the book, the two individuals who Thanassis followed are highlighted as we see the revolutionary actions unfolding:

“I don’t care who will lead the country. We just want Morsi to leave,” said a lady in a fine tailored dress, sipping tea on a terrace near the presidential palace on a break from chanting.

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Tags: mubarak, morsi, foreign policy, egyptian uprisings, egyptian revolution

Library Journal Review Out

TCF fellow and award-winning journalist Thanassis Cambanis has received acclaim for his newly released book (1.20.2015) titled "Once Upon A Revolution: An Egyptian Story." Cambanis chronicles two unique and diverse revolutionary movement leaders and tells their story throughout the protests happening in 2011 during the Egyptian uprising. The Library Journal Review has called the book "A welcome addition to the literature on Egypt's uprising and a solid source for the general reader."


Read the remainder of the reviews and purchase the book here.

Tags: mubarak, international relations, egyptian revolutions, arab spring

Obama’s State of the Union and Climate Change

TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya looks at how climate change fit into this week’s State of the Union address for the U.S. News and World Report’s Debate Club.

Tags: state of the union, president obama, obama, climate change

The State of Obama’s Climate Legacy Is Strong

January 21, 2015 BY: Neil Bhatiya TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Climate Change

TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya offers his take on the 2015 State of the Union address given last night by President Obama, confirming that despite past and current rocky ground, the president has indeed set the country up for effective climate change policy in the future. His legacy will leave much for his successor to accomplish, however at least many pertinent climate issues are now popular talking points on a nationwide scale.

The president has disappointed climate activists in not immediately rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, which only occasioned an oblique reference in last night’s speech. His recently announced regulations on fugitive methane emissions from oil and gas drilling also struck many as insufficient. These are agenda items that need to be addressed in the near-term, but it is to the president’s credit that he has set such a strong foundation for U.S. climate policy going forward.

From US News & World Report, here's Neil's piece.

Tags: environmental protection agency, climate change deniers

Two Unlikely Revolutionaries in Tahrir Square

Thanassis Cambanis, TCF fellow and award-winning journalist, speaks on WNYC's "The Leonard Lopate Show" about his recently released book from publisher Simon & Schuster about individuals fighting for change in Egypt. The book, "Once Upon A Revolution," which was released on January 20th, 2015, profiles two radically different dissidents to show each of their protesting journey's in 2011 during the Egyptian Revolution. Listen to the interview here:

Read the description and listen to the interview here.

Tags: protests, once upon a revolution, egyptian uprisings, arab spring

Foreign Policy Wins Obama Could Still Pull Off

Despite being called a "lame-duck" president for the remainder of his second term in office, President Obama has shown that he intends to throw some curveballs at Congress despite their clashing viewpoints on both foreign and domestic policy. TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis suggests the daring president is capable of taking a stand on torture, reach a detente with North Korea, establish a deal-to-end-all-deals with Iran, and put some distance between the US and Israel.

Despite keeping his promises to end two wars and to reestablish America’s power to persuade, not just coerce, Obama has drawn some scorn as a foreign policy president. Poobahs across the spectrum from right to left have derided him for not having a policy (drifting on Syria, passively responding to the Arab Spring), for naively pursuing diplomacy (the reset with Russia, the pivot to Asia), for adopting his predecessor’s militarism (the surge in Afghanistan, the war on ISIS).

But, free from any future elections, the president may finally be at liberty to engineer bigger symbolic moves, like the recent rapprochement with Cuba. He can even try for politically unpopular policy realignments that would ultimately benefit his successor.

The full article was published in Boston Globe.

Tags: president obama, north korea, lame duck president, israel palestine peace, foreign policy, domestic policy


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