The Rise and Fall of the Salafi al-Nour Party in Egypt (Part 2/2)

December 29, 2013

Al-Nour was providing an Islamist fig leaf for an adulatory, ultra-nationalist and oppressive military regime. Read part one here. In January, al-Nour Party elected a new head, Younis Makhyoun. Tensions between al-Nour and the Brotherhood broke to the surface when Khaled Alam Eddin, a senior...

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...

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...

Egypt: Looking Forward

September 03, 2013

In seeking to understand Egypt's unrest, it may be helpful to reach back into US history. My friend network wrote a comment about my last article on Egypt quoting de Tocqueville, stating that political Islam was incompatible with democracy. A more accurate description might be that...

Egypt: The Emperor Has No Clothes

August 20, 2013

Egypt's army and the technocratic elites have also exposed the old face of authoritarianism. Two years ago, at the first meeting of my MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford University, the Arab Spring – the transnational domino revolution – was all over the place and on...

Egypt: Failing to Progress

July 31, 2013

The military coup hallows major setbacks for the flourishing of a democratically-led Egypt. After the June 30 anti-government protests, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) took just 24 hours to announce a 48-hour ultimatum for Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi to step down or face...

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...

Egypt: No Coup Without a Plan

July 16, 2013

The coup in Egypt is a consequence of the military’s direct interests. By Stephan Roll and Max Gallien For many observers, the return of the military to the political scene in Egypt did not come as a surprise, as it regards itself as a guardian of public order, which was under threat from...

Egypt: The Failure of the Muslim Brotherhood

July 03, 2013

The Muslim Brotherhood failed to consolidate the power they obtained in 2011. Mohammed Morsi has his back against the wall. The mass protests, which are spreading across the country and the ultimatum given by the military...

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