When President Mubarak was forced from power in February 2011, many of the revolutionaries in Tahrir Square thought that the future of Egypt looked bright for the kind of Western secular liberal values many of them had championed.
Recently we’ve seen the emergence of another kind of autocrat. Neither democrat nor dictator, this type of leader holds regular elections and in some cases even introduces ostensibly progressive policies.
Peter Lesniak is an independent foreign affairs analyst, concentrating on the Middle East and North Africa. Having previously worked in parliament with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues he currently works in the LibDem International Office. Peter is also a Director of … Continued