The Egyptian uprising of 2011 took the world by surprise, but the revolt had been years in the making. The forces that came together with the common goal of toppling the regime of Hosni Mubarak were a result of a decade of mobilization and re-activation of Egyptian civil society. Back in the 1990s direct criticism of the regime, and particularly of President Hosni Mubarak, was virtually... Continue Reading
Tori Aarseth recently completed her MA in International Relations at the American University in Cairo. She previously earned a BA in Comparative Politics from the University of Bergen. Tori has spent more than four years in Egypt studying the Arabic language as well as Egyptian politics. Other research interests include military privatization and political theory.