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About Vivienne Matthies-Boon

Vivienne Matthies-Boon is an Assistant Professor in the International Relations of the Middle East at the University of Amsterdam. Her work particularly focuses on political trauma amongst activists inside and outside of Egypt. Her writings can be found on academia.edu

Articles by Vivienne Matthies-Boon

This week’s front page editor

Rosemary Bechler is a mainsite editor of openDemocracy

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Egypt's political system is a pressure cooker: it will explode

Egypt will at some point explode in everyone's faces. The question is when, how and most of all, at what cost. How much more blood will flow?

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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