Europe’s unlikely act of self-restraint

Middle East and Africa are in the midst of more coups than ever before. Why is this happening? Wael Ghonim, a former Google employee who’s now head of an organization that trains activists in…

Europe’s unlikely act of self-restraint

Middle East and Africa are in the midst of more coups than ever before. Why is this happening?

Wael Ghonim, a former Google employee who’s now head of an organization that trains activists in Egypt, says chaos breeds chaos, as anyone who has watched the subways here in Washington can attest.

Although there have been no coups here since the Trump administration intervened to overthrow the democratically elected president last year, elsewhere we’ve seen the Obama-era doctrine of working through institutions to sort out business in the regions-gone-bad-again busted, he says. “There’s a sense of despair and hopelessness, a sense of despair and hopelessness that is out of control,” he says. “This only feeds the devolution of security state” in Egypt and across the region, he says.

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