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About Tarek Osman
Tarek Osman is an Egyptian writer. He was educated at the American University in Cairo and Bocconi University in Italy. He is the author of the international bestseller, Egypt on the Brink: From Nasser to Mubarak (Yale University Press, 2010) and has published articles on Egypt and the Middle East in leading international newspapers.
Articles by Tarek Osman
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The tendency of foreign observers to reduce complex Egyptian reality to formulaic description misses some of its most significant and dynamic elements, says Tarek Osman.
(This article was first published on 12 August 2009)
The effort to forge a new relationship between the west and Islam and to nurture democracy in the middle east requires that the United States in particular reframe its view of the Islamic world, says Tarek Osman.
An appeal to Barack Obama to reinvigorate the United States's democracy-promotion efforts in the Arab world is based on flawed understanding both of political Islam and the real needs of the region's people, says Tarek Osman.
The Gaza war exposes the longer-term security and political predicament of the country at the heart of the Arab world, says Tarek Osman.
Egypt today is scarred by inequality and corruption, degraded by poverty and exclusion, divided by cultural conflict, ruled by unaccountable power, and challenged by the anger and alienation of its young. Tarek Osman seeks a pattern amid the flux and a path that could lead through it.
(This article was first published on 14 May 2008)
The rise of a great civilisation from poverty and humiliation has complex echoes at the heart of the Arab world, says Tarek Osman.
A great filmmaker of Alexandria and Egypt portrayed his country with a singular, passionate vision that remained constant in face of criticism and adulation alike. Tarek Osman pays tribute to Youssef Chahine
The national team's victory in the African championship is significant for far more than football, says Tarek Osman.
Gamal Abdel Nasser, an Egyptian and Arab hero in the middle years of the 20th century, was born on 15 January 1918. Tarek Osman examines a protean figure who resists the easy interpretation of celebrants and enemies alike.
A distorted balance between risk and reward inhibits the Arab world's economic and social development, says Tarek Osman.
Arab Christians for centuries played a pivotal role at the heart of Arab societies. The last generation has seen the beginning of a great retreat. Tarek Osman maps the forces that have shaped an epic story.
Egypt is stuck: its institutions, ideas and young population covered by a pall of stagnation that to many offers only emigration or radicalism as available options. What is the nature of the paralysis, and what can be done? Tarek Osman reports.
A mixture of violence, hypocrisy and degradation is corroding the west's standing in the Arab and Muslim worlds. A fresh reconciliation of values is needed, says Tarek Osman.
The Arab world's passage from progressive secularism to conservative religiosity in the last fifty years is illuminated by the work of Egypts greatest writer, says Tarek Osman.
There is seething political frustration in Egypt, but where is the vehicle that might enable it to mount a challenge to Hosni Mubarak's rule? Tarek Osman reports.
The deep social problems of the Arab world drain the optimism and crush the lives of its young people, says Tarek Osman.
After twenty-five years in power Egypts president remains a sphinx to his people, says Tarek Osman.
There is a dynamic of change in Egypt, but democracy will take longer than reformists hope or authorities fear, says Tarek Osman.
The Arab world is filled with talk of reform and democracy, but how real can it be when the leading voices are the sons of long-standing political leaders, asks Tarek Osman.