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In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Wilson Center Middle East Fellow and author Amy Austin Holmes about the release of her new book, Coups and Revolutions: Mass Mobilization, the Egyptian Military, and the United States from Mubarak to Sisi. The book analyzes the waves of revolution and counterrevolution in Egypt between 2011 and 2018 and brings together the literature on bottom-up revolutionary movements and top-down military coups. Holmes also introduces the concept of a coup from below in contrast to the revolution from above that took place under Gamal Abdel Nasser.

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