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Victor J. Willi

Phoenix Rising from the Ashes? The Internal State of Affairs of the Muslim Brotherhood at the Start of 2016

[Raba‘a al-‘Adawiyya sit-in, 30 June 2013. Photo from author's private archives]

Today, Egyptians are commemorating the fifth anniversary of the revolution of 2011. It is not yet clear what the outcome of these events will be, but the high level of repression against civil society indicates that the regime is nervous. And this is with good reason: after all, its old rival, the Muslim Brotherhood, while severely reduced in terms of its mobilizing and organizing capacity, is still in business. In anticipation of 25 January 2016 it is worth taking stock of ...

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Victor J. Willi is a researcher, writer and advisor to different clients from the private and public sectors on Middle East and North Africa political and economic affairs. He holds a Master’s degree in History and Middle East Studies University of Zurich, and is currently completing his PhD at the University of Oxford, working on a history of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt between 1973 and 2913 (see profile on Previously, he was an Associate Director and Fellow at the World Economic Forum. He is fluent in English, German, Arabic and French. Find more at