- By Blake Hounshell
Blake Hounshell is managing editor at Foreign Policy, having formerly been Web editor. Hounshell oversees ForeignPolicy.com and has commissioned and edited numerous cover stories for the print magazine, including National Magazine Award finalist "Why Do They Hate Us?" by Mona Eltahawy. He also edits The Cable, FP's first foray into daily original reporting, and was editor of Colum Lynch's Turtle Bay, which in 2011 won a National Magazine award for best reporting in a digital format.
Blake joined Foreign Policy in 2006 after living in Cairo, where he studied Arabic, missed his Steelers finally win one for the thumb, and worked for the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies. Blake was a 2011 finalist for the Livingston Awards prize for young journalists for his reporting on the Arab uprisings, and his Twitter feed was named one of Time magazine's "140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011." Under his leadership, in 2008, Passport, FP's flagship blog, won Media Industry Newsletter's "Best of the Web" award in the blog category. Along with Elizabeth Dickinson, he edited Southern Tiger: Chile's Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future, the memoirs of former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
A graduate of Yale University, Blake speaks mangled Arabic and French, is an avid runner, and lives in Washington with his wife, musician Sandy Choi, and their toddler, David. Follow him on Twitter @blakehounshell.
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist opposition group with an 88-member bloc in parliament, dances a delicate pas-de-deux with the government. Sometimes it clears its opposition activities with state security, and sometimes it challenges the government head-on.
So what do we make of this report that students aligned with the Brotherhood chose to hold a karate and kung-fu demonstration outside the dean’s office of a major state university? 180 students were arrested, according to the Brotherhood’s website (in Arabic), along with the number two man in the organization and others.
The Egyptian government operates a kind of “revolving door policy” for top Brotherhood leaders: they get tossed in the slammer when they cross certain red lines, but are periodically released, presumably for promising good behavior.
Issandr El Amrani, a freelance journalist with long experience in Cairo, says the demo was probably held by “members who would like to take a much more aggressive stance towards the regime and impose itself on campus,” and does not represent the revival of the Brotherhood’s secret “paramiltary wing.” That’s long gone. But the radicalization of the younger generation is still worrisome.