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: 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...

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...

Under Morsi: Red Lines Gone Gray (Part 1/2)

October 04, 2013

Political cartoons are useful survey instruments for mapping permissible speech in Egypt. This is the first of a two part series. The job of political cartoonists is to push the envelope. But what happens when the size and shape of the envelope changes? That, in effect, is what has been happening...

A Familiar Script in Egypt

August 14, 2013

Anyone who thinks military rule bends toward democracy in Egypt has misread the country's history. Many Egyptians and Western critics of the Muslim Brotherhood welcomed the military coup that recently toppled the country’s elected Brotherhood-led government, praising the military for...

Egypt: The Collapse of the Army-Brotherhood Alliance

August 06, 2013

Morsi’s ouster is best understood as a termination of the Brotherhood’s partner status. As crowds proudly marched into Tahrir Square in the afternoon of January 25, 2011, they knew that they were living a critical moment. A generation of Egyptians that had spent its entire life under...

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...

Did Anti-Morsi Protesters Violate a Principle of Legality?

July 05, 2013

To analyze events in Egypt, the unjust legal or constitutional arrangement needs to be explored. Several months ago, a group of young Egyptians began a petition to remove elected President Mohammed Morsi from office. This campaign culminated on June 30 in massive protests that raised the same...

The Coup D’état in Egypt

July 05, 2013

After Morsi's ouster, all political parties must receive equal rights in the next election. With the ouster of President Muhammad Mursi, the political transformation process in Egypt has seen a major setback. Of course, the military intervention accompanied by a suspension of the constitution,...

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