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About Vivienne Matthies-Boon

Vivienne Matthies-Boon will be an Assistant Professor in the International Relations of the Middle East at the University of Amsterdam from September 2013.  She focuses on Critical Theory and the Middle East, and works closely with a variety of Egyptian activists and civil society actors. Her writings can be found on

Articles by Vivienne Matthies-Boon

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Egypt: from rebel to revolution?

From the revolution’s very beginning in January 2011, western diplomats were keen to reduce the demands of the Egyptian revolution to a call for formal democracy. In doing this, western spokesmen and domestic elites ensured that more substantive reforms – such as an overhaul of the entire socio-economic system – were dropped by the wayside.

The revolution continues: Morsi’s miscalculations and the Ikhwan’s impasse

After President Morsi’s Constitutional Declaration providing him with unprecedented sweeping powers, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt faces unprecedented protests. Is this a sign of its political weakness?

Anti-Islam film protests: a reification of public debate?

Beyond their regrettable cost in terms of human lives, "Innocence of Muslims" and the subsequent protests that spread across the Arab world ultimately entrap the world in a binary entrenchment reminiscent of the civilizational justifications for the War on Terror.

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