Jonathan Guyer

Jonathan Guyer is managing editor of The American Prospect. He has written for Foreign Policy, The New YorkerHarper's, Le Monde diplomatique, and Rolling Stone. A former fellow of Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, he is completing a book about political cartoons and comics in the Middle East.

Recent Articles

Egypt’s New President for Life

Trump’s second White House meeting with Egyptian President El-Sisi will encourage a drift toward repression even worse than the Mubarak era.

Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP Photo
When General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi led a military overthrow that ejected Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in 2013, then-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel cultivated a close relationship with the junta leader. The two spoke on the phone regularly , the former senator tasked with steering the Egyptian military toward a democratic transition. Hagel sent El-Sisi a copy of Washington: A Life , Ron Chernow’s 900-page biography of the general who after leading the American Revolution only served two terms in office. “So, I point out in the book … one of the last chapters on how Washington walked away from power,” Hagel told The Atlantic . “Are you going to be the George Washington or are you going to be the Mubarak of Egypt?” El-Sisi has chosen the latter, and President Trump has embraced the Egyptian strongman wholeheartedly. On Tuesday, El-Sisi visited the White House while his allies in the Egyptian parliament were...

Needed: A U.S. Policy on Saudi Arabia

The next administration would do well to 
revise the long-standing U.S. partnership 
with Saudi Arabia, and America has 
substantial leverage to produce change 
in the kingdom’s behavior.

This is a preview of the Spring 2019 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . On January 14, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stood on the tarmac in Riyadh after meeting the Saudi crown prince. It was a key stop on the American envoy’s weeklong Mideast tour, after President Donald Trump had surprised allies by calling for abrupt troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan. Although the American presence in those countries had come to reflect inertia rather than any long-term strategic goals, Trump’s retreat was particularly hasty, leading to Defense Secretary James Mattis’s resignation. Pompeo smiled and laughed with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his entourage during the brief touchdown in Saudi Arabia. On the runway before a scrum of reporters, he described his conversation as one with Saudi “partners and friends,” as if the recent killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi could be fixed over a chummy conversation. It was as unconvincing...