Abdel Monem Said Aly

Chairman, CEO and Director of The Regional Center for Strategic Studies (RCSS) in Cairo, and Senior Research Fellow at the Crown Center

Karim Elkady

PhD candidate in the Politics Department at Brandeis University and the Crown Center



The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Egypt’s Political Transition

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Abdel Monem Said Aly and Karim Elkady
Middle East Brief 70, March 2013


To what extent has the transitional period--from the trial of Hosni Mubarak in August 2011 to the civil disobedience seen in the city of Port Said in Winter 2012--moved Egypt closer toward a democratic system of governance? In this Brief, Dr. Abdel Monem Said Aly and Karim Elkady provide a net assessment of the positive, the negative and the unpleasant developments of Egypt’s political transition. They 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 end-state of Egypt’s political transition.       

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