When the Procedural is Political

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Nathan J. Brown Original Link: https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/80301 In Egypt today there is little room for politics on issues in which the regime has staked out clear positions or that are deemed to be connected to security. But there is still room for vigorous debate over matters that might seem mundane, but are still consequential for Egyptians,

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Correcting the ‘Corrective Revolution’

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Nathan J. Brown Original Link: https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/78461 Egypt’s current constitution was born to be amended, as some of its architects made clear when they wrote it five years ago. One of its most significant features, a limitation on presidential terms that appeared to be deeply entrenched, was quite obviously in the cross-hairs as

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Power Politics or Principle?

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Nathan J. Brown and and Cassia Bardos Original Link: https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/77928 After publicly squabbling over divorce law and religious language, Egypt’s presidency and its leading Islamic institution, Al-Azhar, have moved their clash to a much more arcane level. Today, they disagree over how much society is threatened by debating the authenticity...

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Nathan J. Brown

Nathan Brown is an American scholar of Middle Eastern law and politics at George Washington University. Brown is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs and the former director of its Institute for Middle East Studies. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathan_J._Brown_(political_scientist)

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A Walk on the Wild Side?

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Nathan J. Brown, Mayss Al-Alami Original Link: http://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/74679 Tariq Shawqi was sworn in as Egypt’s education minister last February, joining the ranks of a group of technocrats in a cabinet not characterized by boldness. He has since challenged everything about the Egyptian education system—criticizing teachers, examinations, pedagogy...

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How a State of Emergency Became Egypt’s New Normal

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Nathan J. Brown, May El-Sadany Original Link: http://carnegieendowment.org/2017/10/30/how-state-of-emergency-became-egypt-s-new-normal-pub-73587 For the first time in six months, Egyptians lived for a few days outside of a state of emergency this month. And the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) ruled that ordinary courts — not military ones —...

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The Battle Over Al-Azhar

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Nathan J. Brown, Mariam Ghanem Original Link: http://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/70103 Over the past month, debate in Egypt has centered around a legislative initiative designed to reorganize the way the country’s religious establishment is governed. At first glance, the initiative appeared designed to place the top leadership of Al-Azhar, the sprawling...

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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...

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Egypt Is in a State of Emergency. Here’s What That Means for its Government.

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Nathan J. Brown Original Link: http://carnegieendowment.org/2017/04/13/egypt-is-in-state-of-emergency.-here-s-what-that-means-for-its-government-pub-68663 After Palm Sunday bombings killed close to four dozen churchgoers in two Egyptian cities, President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi and the Egyptian cabinet declared a nationwide state of emergency, which was...

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Divorce, Egyptian Style

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Nathan J. Brown, Mariam Ghanem Original Link: http://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/68001 On July 3, 2013, General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, surrounded by a group of national figures, announced the deposition of Mohammed Morsi as president of Egypt and a “road map” to a new political order in Egypt. Conspicuous among his backers was Grand Imam Ahmad

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Black Label

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Nathan J. Brown, Michele Dunne Original Link: http://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/67771 Since 1997, U.S. law has empowered the secretary of state to designate specific groups as “foreign terrorist organizations,” bringing down on them—and those who support them—an imposing range of penalties and sanctions. Such designations have come through a...

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An Egyptian Court Just Struck Down Part of a Repressive New Law. Here’s What that Means

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Nathan J. Brown, Amr Hamzawy Original Link: http://carnegieendowment.org/2016/12/07/egyptian-court-just-struck-down-part-of-repressive-new-law.-here-s-what-that-means-pub-66380 Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) struck down a portion of the country’s protest law this week — one issued by decree by its own chief justice (then-interim president) in...

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