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Egypt: A Country Awaits a Revolution

The Egyptian government’s crushing of the 2011 popular uprising, its downplaying of those events, and, more importantly, its willful disregard for the revolution’s significance will have dire consequences not only for Egypt, but also for the entire region.

The enduring challenges the current regime has encountered since then are, in fact, likely to pave the way for yet another revolutionary wave, whose instruments and ultimate goals may well exceed those of the revolution of January 25, 2011.

Uncovering Urban Inequality in Cairo

Researchers Diane Singerman, Kareem Ibrahim, and Reem Abdel Haliem have been collaborating through TADAMUN, a Cairo-based initiative that works with citizens to claim their urban rights, conducting a spatial analysis of urban inequality to offer visual tools for understanding development gaps and policy challenges in contemporary Egypt.

After Egypt’s Parliamentary Elections, Resignation–and Low Expectations

CAIRO—After the final runoffs in parliamentary elections this week, Egyptians seem to be settling in for an indefinite waiting period, with no particular expectations of progress. There is a strong sense here that people fear that change would make a difficult status quo even worse.

Statement on the Detainment of Ismail Alexandrani

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Takeaways From the Russian Jet Downed Over Egypt

 There are still more questions than answers about the downing of a Russian aircraft over Egypt Oct. 31. But setting aside the whodunit puzzle, let’s assume, as Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev suggested Monday, that a terrorist bomb was at fault. Will this change the nature of the war in Syria? Will it create a U.S.-Russian alliance against Islamic State? Will it facilitate a political settlement in Syria or affect Bashar al-Assad’s departure? The implications of this incident will take time to understand, but preliminary conclusions include:

To Mourn Is Not Enough

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A Russian charter plane went down last Saturday in Egypt taking 224 lives with it. It is Russia’s largest plane crash ever. None of the possible causes of the tragedy, from a technical failure, to human error, to a terrorist act, have been ruled out. As confusion rules, I thought I’d provide a glimpse into the public discussion of the tragedy.

The Islamist Spectrum

Islamists are not “one size fits all.” Indeed, by 2015, the new spectrum was a labyrinth. The parties generally broke down into three broad categories, according to Egyptian experts Ismail Alexandrani and Dina Shehata.

The first and most basic category is classical Islamism. Its goal is to implement Islamic law, or Sharia. Its political face focuses on ensuring that a government complies with fixed scriptures or texts. Classical Islamists demonstrate little adaptability. They trust clerics and religious scholars to speak and act on behalf of the people.

Al-Sisi’s Egypt: The Military Moves on the Economy

The al-Sisi regime has chosen a model of development based on the implementation of large, ambitious projects under military supervision. The projects, such as the broadening of the Suez Canal and the building of a new capital city, may fail economically, like many such projects did in the past. No matter the economic impact, al-Sisi’s approach is consolidating the political and economic position of the military and shifting the balance among the private sector, the old state sector controlled by the bureaucracy, and the military economy. The change will be long lasting.