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Hania Sholkamy

The Egyptian State: Both Deep and Shallow

[Egyptians in Tahrir Square post Mubarak's verdict. Image originally posted to Flickr by Gigi Ibrahim.]

A few months ago analysts started talking about “the deep state” of Egypt.  They were referring to the forces that have resisted the sweep or revolution and made the path to change and transformation both difficult and unclear. The deep state is comprised of the security and administrative apparatuses and the interests and values that they represent and support that had begun to consistently endanger the future of a new Egypt.  It is truly astonishing that ...

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