Morsi’s Demise and the Black Box Problem

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies

Author(s): Badr Shafei

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The process of documenting the historical stages of any nation, state or even group is significant for several reasons, including preserving its memory and saving it from oblivion, and enlightening the future generations on these events so that they could be well-aware of them. Also, this documentation is important for researchers concerned with analyzing information after collecting it from its main reliable sources.

On the other hand, absence of such documentation may have counter-productive results: It may lead to absence of public awareness and inability to provide accurate scientific analysis due to lack of reliable information. Hence, one of the problems facing Arab and foreign researchers interested in the Egyptian affair is documentation of the January revolution in general and the era of the late President Mohamed Morsi, in particular, which is extremely significant despite its shortness, being the first real democratic experiment in Egypt. Although researchers can assess this period through some quantitative indicators based on economic and statistical reports such as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), wages, the purchasing power parities (PPP), inflation rates and others; yet, the circumstances and background behind various decisions and attitudes during this period remain vague and subject to personal interpretation because of absence of information drawn from its main reliable sources.

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