Jonathan Guyer

Jonathan Guyer is managing editor of The American Prospect. He has written for Foreign PolicyThe 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. His email is

Recent Articles

At the Debate, a Side Order of Foreign Policy

So it’s up to the candidates to convey to Americans just how dire the stakes are internationally.

America, leader on the world stage, can’t find time to talk about its global power on prime time. In the tweet-length answers that each presidential candidate provided last night, there wasn’t much to work with. The moderator’s international-policy prompts offered preposterous false choices: Police the world or ignore it? Meet dictators or not? Withdraw troops or keep the endless war churning? Reserve the right to a pre-emptive nuclear strike—or, what exactly? These were convoluted questions at such a tense time, as an impetuous president sits in the Oval Office this morning not far from the nuclear football. At the Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit, the handful of exchanges around foreign affairs and national security let Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren stand out. Amid the back-and-forth, Pete Buttigieg’s responses were deeper than expected, and as for the rest—who could keep track? Of the serious candidates, Sanders is the most outspoken on...

Mohamed Morsi: A Postscript

The deposed Egyptian president’s legacy is complicated, and his death cruel. He “always underestimated the animosity of the military,” says the former U.S. ambassador.

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Maya Alleruzzo/AP Photo Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, July 2, 2012. As reports surfaced on Monday that former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi had collapsed in a courtroom and was dead on arrival at a nearby hospital, the Egyptian state tried to erase Morsi’s complicated legacy. His death at age 67 was the result of state-directed repression, and just remembering him poses a threat to the current government in Cairo. The state-run newspaper Al-Ahram called him by his full given name, Mohamed Morsi El-Ayyat, in a 41-word obituary that read as if an ordinary man had died of natural causes, not that a past head of state had succumbed after speaking in court. It was jarring to see the flagship state paper, which had chronicled his daily acts as president, write him off entirely. An Egyptian news anchor accidentally read out “sent by a Samsung device” after delivering a teleprompter news brief, suggesting that it had been copied...

Can Europe Come Together?

The elections to the European Parliament halted the rise of the far right but produced more fragmentation—and that’s not good enough.

This article is a preview of the Summer 2019 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . The town musicians of Bremen are riling a crowd of voters gathered in the market square. A rapper freestyles in German, grasping for something to rhyme with “Europe is the Future,” to the gray-haired crowd. He is joined by Social Democratic Party (SPD) Chair Andrea Nahles and their top European parliamentary candidate, Katarina Barley. On the sidelines, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas shakes hands and takes selfies with constituents before the towering 15th-century city hall. Inside, one room is plated with gold, though the city of about a half-million is 22 billion euros in debt following the Great Recession. Bremen, a union stronghold, has gone Social Democrat for 73 years. But the city-state was to fall behind Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party for the first time this spring. (And, with Merkel stepping down from the chancellorship, the CDU...

The Last Human Rights Defender in the Emirates

The digital activist Ahmed Mansoor’s hunger strike exposes the UAE’s repression.

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Ramadan is around the corner. It has been customary for governments to give amnesty to political prisoners to mark the holiday. The United Arab Emirates should take this opportunity to release Ahmed Mansoor, a digital activist and human rights advocate who, six weeks into a hunger strike, is in dire condition. The United Arab Emirates, the consortium of seven city-states that includes Dubai and Abu Dhabi, boasts a Ministry of Tolerance but can’t tolerate true independent voices. The Emirates have cultivated a better international reputation than they deserve as relative liberals in the Middle East. In the past two decades, Dubai has transformed itself into a celebrated business hub and a diverse global city. It attracts major businesses and hordes of tourists, major cultural institutions and branches of international universities and art museums. All of those passing through the Gulf metropolis, however, should implicitly recognize that there is no rule of law there. A person...