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Egypt’s Counterintuitive Revolution


Egyptians are living with resurgent authoritarianism following the military’s post-Arab Spring return to politics. It’s the latest chapter in modern Egypt’s ongoing struggle between Islamists—most notably the Muslim Brotherhood—and secular forces dominated by the military. How has Cairo come full circle?

Former member of the Egyptian People’s Assembly, Professor Amr Hamzawy, spoke with Flavia Zimmermann of AIIA for WA about trends in Egyptian politics, the failure of the 2011 revolution to effect lasting democratisation and the direct and indirect methods of repression employed by the government of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Professor Amr Hamzawy is a former member of the People’s Assembly, elected in the first parliamentary elections in Egypt after the 2011 revolution. In 2011, he joined the Department of Public Policy and Administration at the American University in Cairo, where he continues to work today.

Interviewed by Flavia Zimmermann

Filmed and edited by Nancy Miles-Tweedie

The full interview can be viewed here.

Published March 20, 2017

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