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Triumph of the Bureaucracy: A Decade of Aborted Social and Political Change in Egypt

[Soldiers carrying each of the flags corresponding with their branch of the armed forces. Photo credit is to: Hipster Ntvqi via Wikimedia Commons]

The developing military-backed regime under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signals the triumph of the Egyptian bureaucracy, with all of its military, security and civilian components, over three processes of political change in the last decade. The first was the political project led by Gamal Mubarak and his allies to succeed his aging father Hosni Mubarak. The succession project aimed at altering the political elite composition and redefining the state’s economic role. The second ...

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Egypt’s Conservative Nationalism: Discourse and Praxis of the New Regime

[Posters on sale saluting Egypt's presidential generals--Nasser, Sadat, and al-Sisi. Photo by Sharif Kouddous]

Egypt has been witnessing a tidal wave of conservative nationalism since June 30 and particularly as the new regime of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi takes hold. Conservative nationalism cuts across regime discourse on local politics, the economy, and foreign relations. The usage of the term discourse here goes beyond mere rhetoric that may refer to the employment of empty words and slogans in a way divorced from actual political practice. Conversely, discourse is an analytical tool ...

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My Conversation with the Devil: 30 June and Beyond (Part Two)

[Puppets of Mohamed Morsi and Adly Mansour. The Arabic reads:

My previous article elaborately analyzed the crisis of the new/old regime in Egypt, now headed by the Muslim Brotherhood, and concluded that it is currently comprised of a fragile and tense coalition of authoritarian actors, a coalition that is being increasingly jeopardized by economic, social and political grievances, putting it in confrontation with the same social forces that had challenged the Mubarak regime in its last years and eventually brought its end. The real ...

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My Conversation with the Devil: 30 June and Beyond (Part One)

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The regime produced by last year’s SCAF-Muslim Brotherhood handoff never had a chance. It was dead at birth, crushed by the many burdens it inherited and smothered under the crises of the Mubarak state and its bloated, impotent institutions. The new regime was born to face everything Mubarak left unfinished, including a deepening social crisis and a political instability that could not be checked. Despite state intimidation and repression and a succession of referendums and ...

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New Texts Out Now: Amr Adly, State Reform and Development in the Middle East: Turkey and Egypt in the Post-Liberalization Era

[Cover of Amr Adly,

Amr Adly, State Reform and Development in the Middle East: Turkey and Egypt in the Post-Liberalization Era. London and New York: Routledge, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Amr Adly (AA): The book is based on my PhD dissertation that I completed in September 2010 at the European University Institute in Florence. I specialized in political economy, and decided to write my thesis on the political economy of the Middle East in general, and Egypt in ...

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Bio

Amr Adly

 

Amr Adly is currently a consutant at Carnegie – Middle East. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. He has a PhD in political economy from the European University Institute–Florence. Adly is the author of State Reform and Development in the Middle East: Turkey and Egypt in the Post-Liberalization Era (Routledge, 2012). He has also written several other academic publications that have appeared in Business and Politics, Turkish Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies, in addition to articles in several other periodicals and newspapers in English and Arabic. Before joining Stanford, Adly worked as a senior researcher at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), heading the unit for social and economic rights.