Tamsin Constable

Egypt and the ‘transition’ jargon

New York University’s ‘Aid Watch’ blog highlights a current example of empty words disguised as a political position. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has just called for a ‘transition to a democratic regime’ in Egypt. ‘The “transition” word is a much-used device to appear to be in favor of democracy while in fact taking no position whatsoever,’ writes NYU’s Professor of Economics, William Easterly. ‘…the “transition” jargon leaves completely open WHEN democracy will arrive, or HOW SLOWLY the dictatorship will imperceptibly fade away.’

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