The Army is Not the Winner in Border Battlefields

Source: Italian Institute for International Political Studies

Author(s): Allison McManus

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As Egypt approaches the ten-year anniversary of uprisings against former president Hosni Mubarak, wins and losses of the past decade have come into a clear focus. The military, above all, has emerged as a political “winner”, having resumed its control over Egypt’s executive and, increasingly, legislative and judicial branches, as well as its much-discussed expansion into the economy. Ironically, on the battlefield, the Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF) have not been able to secure a victory in a war on terror that has been a focal point of the rise of Abdel Fattah el Sisi from defense minister, under President Mohamed Morsi, to his current position as a president. While security forces (mostly those under the Ministry of Interior), used particularly brutal tactics to tamp down a spate of violence across the country from 2013 to 2018, the armed forces have not been able to quell pernicious violence, fueled by criminal and terrorist activity, taking place at its borders.

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