Lost in the furor over what Moscow did or did not do, and what effects it did or did not have, is the broader question of what this incident says about Russian intentions and aims. Just how unusual was it for great powers to interfere in a democracy’s electoral processes, and just how outraged should Americans be by the alleged activities?
Holger Albrecht is an associate at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative, and a professor in the Department of Political Science at the American University in Cairo (AUC) where he teaches courses in comparative politics and Middle East politics. His recent research interests in civil-military relations brought him to the United States Institute of Peace, in 2012 and 2013, where he was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow. He was also a visiting fellow at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. Apart from the role of the military in politics, Holger is interested more generally in questions of authoritarian resilience and regime change, political opposition in the Middle East and North Africa, and political participation in the region. He is the author of Raging Against the Machine: Political Opposition under Authoritarianism in Egypt (Syracuse University Press, 2013) and the editor of Contentious Politics in the Middle East (University Press of Florida, 2010). Holger is currently working on an edited volume on Armies and the Arab Spring and a number of journal articles. He travels extensively in the Middle East and, apart from Egypt, has become particularly interested in Yemen, Syria and Tunisia.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm