Egypt: The October War and the War of the Republics

November 18, 2013

Egypt’s new status quo is a reaction to the very principles of the January 25 uprisings. On October 6, Egypt celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War with Israel — known to Egyptians as the October War — with an unprecedented level of popular emotional...

The Egyptian Army and the Muslim Brotherhood: A Complex Relationship (Part 1/2)

November 12, 2013

Pragmatism shapes the relationship between the Egyptian army and the Brotherhood. Current events seem to exemplify the existence of a clear opposition between the Egyptian army and the Muslim Brotherhood. On July 3, the military toppled Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's president and head of...

Is the Arab World Turning Back to Russia?

October 31, 2013

The Egyptian feint toward Moscow is probably a form of flirting. An Egyptian delegation heading to Moscow just after the United States cut $300 million out of its aid package to Cairo to punish the July 3 military coup, has raised speculation that Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s military...

Egypt: The Deep State and Democracy

July 19, 2013

Egypt is far from ripe to embark on a truly representative democracy.  Due to a widening disparity between the elitist “haves” and the preponderant disenfranchised “have-nots” in Egypt, the split could transform into a stark class division for decades to come. This...