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Mark T. Fliegauf

Mark T. Fliegauf is Co-Founder of On Purpose in Berlin where his primary responsibilities lie in strategic and business development and On Purpose’s extensive leadership and professional development programme.

Prior to joining On Purpose, Mark was Fellow in Innovative Government at the Berlin think tank stiftung neue verantwortung where he lead inter-sectoral teams of high-level decision-makers from government, business, and civil society.

Mark completed a Masters in International Relations and Affairs at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München. He was an academic visitor at Oxford, Department of Economics (2010 – 2011).

While again hundred thousands of Egyptians show their defiance of the old regime at Cairo’s Tahrir Square and worker protests have broken out in several Egyptian cities, Washington and London still follow a pipe dream of a gradual transition from Hosni Mubarak to a more or less democratic, yet by all means secular new government. However, the web of Western diplomatic moves might turn into a Gordian knot as Egypt 2011 shows analogies to Tehran in 1978. Nations resemble Tolstoy’s families: every one is unhappy in its own way. And yet, when people’s harm escalates and they take matters in their own hands, the differences fade and clear patterns emerge. One such pattern stipulates that revolutions are rarely isolated instances …