A Dispensable Dictator?

Source: Carnegie Endowment
Author(s): Nathan J. Brown

Original Link: http://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/68791

Since July 2013, Egyptian politics has seemed grimly predictable, with authoritarianism reestablishing itself firmly in the country, challenged only at the margins, or through terrorism and insurgency. Most of the lively politics of the immediate post-2011 period has all but ceased. Indeed, even the later years of Hosni Mubarak’s rule look better by comparison.

But the details still pack some surprises, with certain state institutions showing limited signs of feistiness and sometimes coming under sharp attack—not from any opposition but from militantly pro-regime sources. The sprawling Egyptian state, which is as “wide” as it is deep and has become “Balkanized,” is proving a bit difficult to manage for Egypt’s leading institutions—the presidency, the security services, and the military. However, they are taking a variety of steps to bully it into line…

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