Is Russia Returning to Egypt?

September 02, 2013

Egypt's shift to Russia is an attempt to put Washington under pressure. Since Mohammed Morsi’s ouster, western states have been caught in a balancing act between normative criticism and pragmatic interest in Egypt’s stability. The relationship with the new actors in power in Cairo...

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...

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”...

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...