The Corner

re: Egypt Needs a New Constitution

Mario, I agree with you in sentiment. But isn’t saying Egypt needs a new constitution the same as saying that President Obama and Secretary Clinton shouldn’t worry too much about the various clauses of the current and corrupted Egyptian constitution? Certainly, we agree on the need for major reform. Too many naysayers will artificially try to constrain reform by pointing to the current constitution. It’s time for diplomats and journalists to start pinging the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute, as well as the International Foundation for Election Systems, three of the best repositories of information on Egyptian law and the problems Egyptian reformers and democrats face. The key point is that the transition needs to be short, and not the quarter-century transitions so common in the region. 

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.


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