Power and Energy: The Egyptian Presidential Election

May 28, 2014

If Sisi does not stabilize the energy and power sector, the Egyptian street’s patience will not last forever. The Egyptian presidential election takes place between May 26-28, having been extended by one day due to low voter turnout. Former Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is poised to win by a...

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

November 21, 2013

Pragmatism shapes the relationship between the Egyptian army and the Brotherhood. As mentioned in part one, the Egyptian army is both a military institution and a profit-oriented company. Because of that, it reasons in terms of costs and benefits. If a certain...

Egypt’s Charade Of Progress

October 28, 2013

Achieving genuine progress in Egypt does not mean imposing restrictions. If Egyptians were to believe the current local media mantra, the country should currently be basking in a state of revolutionary afterglow since emerging victoriously from our second uprising in nearly as many years to slay...

Memo to El-Baradei: You Can’t Eat Neoliberalism

August 02, 2013

Morsi’s failure to radically depart from Mubarak-era economic policy, contributed to his downfall. Shortly before riding into the vice-presidency of Egypt on the back of military tanks, Mohammed El-Baradei told the Foreign Policy (FP) magazine, “you can’t eat Sharia”...

The US Bogeyman in Post-Coup Egypt

July 23, 2013

In Egypt, the US has become the bogeyman for both the revolutionaries and the Muslim Brothers. The Saudi-supported military overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on July 3, 2013, following massive demonstrations against him throughout Cairo and Egypt, presented the United States with a...