Chris Cassidy

Chris Cassidy is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. His writing has been featured in the Harvard Law Record, Justice Watch and the Huffington Post.

Recent Articles

Revolution by Attrition?

After holding the Egyptian presidency for 30 years, Hosni Mubarak knows a thing or two about maintaining power and is showing no signs of letting his reign lapse quietly. In other words, do not hold your breath for the collapse of this regime, which will require organizers to adopt new strategies of engaging critical audiences. The ongoing unrest in Egypt is the gravest challenge to Mubarak's authority during his three-decade rule, but what seemed like an inevitable resignation last week is taking the shape of a pipe dream going into the third week of demonstrations. As if to underscore Mubarak's lack of urgency, the Obama administration is alligning itself with Mubarak's newly appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman , who is overseeing the proposed transition. "But U.S. officials privately acknowledged that there is no guarantee that Suleiman, a former intelligence chief closely aligned with the military, is committed to substantial reforms," reports the Los Angeles Times . In the...

Egypt's Youth: Vanguard of a Revolution.

Wael Ghonim , a Google executive who administered a key Facebook event organizing Egypt's January 25 protests, has been released in Cairo. Ghonim was detained on January 27 by pro- Mubarak forces who refused to acknowledge his detention, let alone disclose his whereabouts. Ghonim's release was secured in negotiations over the weekend between newly appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman and anti-Mubarak organizers. The meeting between Mubarak regime officials and organizers produced a list of "concessions" by the regime effectively echoing Mubarak's last speech, in which he insisted on retaining the presidency until September elections. While Western leaders greeted the meeting as progress toward a new Egyptian government, protesters' core demand -- that Mubarak resign the presidency -- remains unheeded. The elevation of Ghonim's profile underscores the importance of social media in the Egyptian unrest, as well as the rise of a new generation of Egyptians defiant in the face of...


Hello, fellow Prospect readers. My name's Chris Cassidy, and I'm thrilled to be your friendly guest blogger this week. My work covers a broad swath of domestic and international issues, but my writing here will be all Egypt, all the time. I live in Washington, D.C., which makes it easy to romanticize the culture and weather of the Bay Area that I left behind. Since law school, where I studied international law, I've worked on national security , reproductive rights , human rights , and constitutional law . The American Prospect offers more than just breaking news or a list of occurrences. Writers here present timely, insightful analysis of the events driving headlines, placing developments in the context that a bright and hungry readership deserves. I'm grateful to share this platform for the week and humbled by the task of providing context for the jaw-dropping and dynamic situation in Egypt.