In The Nation, political science professor Mona El-Ghobashy comments on Tamarod, a grassroots initiative that played a key role in the removal of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. An excerpt:
“The story of Tamarod is the story of the co-optation of a popular movement,” says Mona El-Ghobashy, an Egyptian professor of political science at Barnard College. “It was this grassroots, fragmented, atomized initiative by definition, and the military saw an excellent opportunity and piggybacked on it,” El-Ghobashy says. “Tamarod’s leaders’ comments ever since the late days of June and certainly after June 30 have been more royal than the king.”
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Prof. El-Ghobashy is an assistant professor of political science. Born and raised in Cairo, her work focuses on the politics of the Middle East and North Africa, with an emphasis on social movements and democratization.