Crown Center Brief: The good, bad and ugly of Egypt's political transition

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies has released a new analysis of developments in Egypt as part of the center’s Middle East Briefs series.

Written by Abdel Monem Said Aly, who is a senior fellow of the center and head of the Regional Center for Strategic Studies in Cairo, and Karim Elkady, a Ph.D. candidate in the Politics Department, the brief examines whether the transitional period from the trial of Hosni Mubarak in August 2011 to the civil disobedience in the city of Port Said this winter moved Egypt closer to a democratic system of governance.

The authors argue that while Egyptian politics has experienced a number of positive developments, the transition is also associated with some very negative or simply unpleasant manifestations that obstruct Egypt’s path to democracy. They conclude that the interactions between these developments make it nearly impossible to predict the eventual end-result. Read the full text.

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