The Old and the New in Egyptian Civil-Military Relations

Source: Italian Institute for International Political Studies

Author(s): Risa Brooks

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Under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the Egyptian military is tightening its grasp on the economy and strangling civilian politics and society — but this is nothing new. Rather, it reflects a decades-old phenomenon that dates to the 1960s under former president Gamal Abdel Nasser. Yet, while not a phenomenon, under Sisi, the military has significantly increased its roles in commercial enterprises and embarked on new infrastructure projects. Egypt’s civil society and civilian institutions have been crowded out, or deliberately marginalized by the government, displaced by an increasingly assertive and unaccountable coercive apparatus.

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